planky84 (3298) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe as ’Christmas Ale’. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Toffee, caramel and dark fruit aromas with some port like qualities in the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple and candied peel flavours. Whole fruit mouthfeel. Rich, warming Christmas beer. AshtonMcCobb (6670) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2012
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours a lovely mahogany with a nicely proportioned head. Looks great! The nose has a hint of cheese, some old dusty cellar. The taste has malt, spice, honey and a dry malty finish. The palate has a medium body with a big malty texture and a dry malty finish. Overall, a nicely balanced and well made beer. daniele (9219) - ITALY - DEC 15, 2012
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500ml bottle from Nelson Wines. Deep amber / brown. Fruity nose. Rich malt, stewed fruit and warming alcohol in the mouth and a smooth rich palate. It goes down surprisingly fast! Nice stuff. FatPhil (16380) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2010
500ml bottle (Utobeer, London)
tommann (3801) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
Deep red, brief head. Sweet chocolat cakey aroma, plenty of treacly sweetness. Sweet smooth palate, carbonation pleasant. Big bold sweet taste packed with roasted malts, and with a really burnt bitter bite. Definitely a spicy bent, but not in an overpowering or gimmicky way. Alcohol well covered. Finish pleasantly bitter, not just hoppy, but also burnt.
500ml bottle at 7.4%. Pours a very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is bready, nutmeg, other Christmas spice and a little coffee. Taste has spice and coffee to start. Bready finish with some coffee on the aftertaste. Martin243 (1200) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle served at cellar temprature in a chalice. Orangey brown with a white head. Yeasty aroma, marmalade and dundee cake flavours. Big and sticky with warming alcohol. Reminded me of Belhaven Wee Heavy. Nice beer. Leighton (21490) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle shared at the Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell, London Holiday Tasting - thanks to me, lover of ESA. Pours clear copper with a tight, tan cream head. Dry brown bread nose, some toasted brown sugars, dried fruits. Medium sweet flavor with dry brown bread, bitter leaves, light cocoa, some dirt. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet finish, lightly sticky, some earthy and leafy bitterness, rich and well toasted whole grain bread. Not bad, actually. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle at the rake with mes, ian and chris. Alround rating: The cad pulls one out the bag with his super power exstreme memory that others can only marvel at. Big ruby malt character, rich fruit cake, a bit yeasty, no hops. Alround a good effort. Theydon_Bois (19755) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle (as Titanic Christmas Ale - 7.4% ABV) at pre Xmas tasting, thanks to Leighton 21/12/12.
Clear mid brown with a thin off white head that soon bades farewell and heads to the edge of the glass.
Nose is toffee, touch of booze, wood, dark fruits, raisens.
Taste follows, dark toffee, sugars, dark fruits, malt.
Medium bodied with bite, smooth on the palate, soft carbonation.
Not being a lover of the ubiqitous ’Christmas Ale’ I was pleasantly surprised by this one - not bad at all !