Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 11, 2014 Stuu666 (13433) - Edinburgh, - DEC 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at xmas tasting. Dark ruby, chocolate on the nose, liquorice, cloves, quite thin, sweet roasty chocolate, more spice in the taste as it warms.
[email protected]nimsk (14) - SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2013
ruby tinged cola brown with slight marmite, ginger and nutmeg on nose. Medium body, chocolate and fennel, gentle carbonation, long finish.
From Cornelius, Edinburgh. Very dark, almost completely opaque. A sweet noise and a sweet, rich foretaste: currants and spices (cloves, cinnamon?) but giving way to a durable, bitter aftertaste. StuartC (74) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Sweet cereal mash aromas interspersed with notes of anise. Sweet cherry initially on the palate with a dominant and rather syrupy liquorice throughout, always with undertones of black fruits. Reminds me of Beechams cough syrup (worth getting sick for!); by far the most enjoyable and complex beer I’ve tasted all year. AshtonMcCobb (6613) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2013
500ml bottle form Appellation Wines
Appearance - dark brown with a nicely proportioned fawn head.
Nose - initially liquorice but then it becomes apparent that it is fennel. Some other cakey spices going on too. Perhaps a prunes in alcohol note.
Taste - more Christmas pudding spices and bread and the fennel/liquorice returns.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a relatively fresh finish.
Overall - a really good effort, Michael
Lonick (1874) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Smell, great. Looks great. Tastes ok. Spicy Christmas pudding, cloves and fruity berries. A bit thin, i’d have liked something that lingered a bit more. I did try it at the end of the night as well so it had now been open for three odd hours and it did improve. allmyvinyl (10625) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2013
500ml bottle form Appellation Wines, Dalry. Cheers Ash! Pours a dark brown with a decent tan head. Aromas are fennel and star anise upfront, dark sugars and clove following, finally dark fruit. Very enticing. Taste brings it all together with roasted malt and spice. Creamy texture, nice bitterness. A lovely winter beer. jamestulloch (4116) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle from The Beerhive. Dark brown body with a medium beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma of black forest gateaux (thanks to @drinkmongered for that), Christmas pudding, rum and brambles. Flavour of ash, tangy berries, roasted malt and spice. Medium body with a slicky, creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. A fantastic winter ale from a really promising brewery. cgarvieuk (24536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft deep berry fruit ... big spice nose ... dark malts ... chewy roast ... huge clove spice ... soft fruits ... mellow malt ...big berry ... softlicorice .. i quite like this