Brewed by Whim
Style: English Strong Ale
Buxton, England


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (2494) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
On cask at Wilkes Head, Leek. Pours black brown with little head. Quite thin on the palate but some nice smoke, spice and easy drinking for the ABV. Tasted more like a strong mild to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (2447) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2015
Cast at The Earl Grey Inn, Leek. A deep brown colour with a thick white head. Aroma of chocolate, raisin, soft toffee, a little smoke and subtle roasted malts. Taste of roasted malts, raisin, maybe prunes, some coffee, soft toffee, slight chocolate, a little smoke and subtle, late herbal hops. Medium to full bodied and soft carbonation. A lingering, fruity, roasted bitterness in the finish. A smooth, chocolatey, roasty, fruity Christmas beer. Decent flavours with a hint of smoke and quite easy drinking for a 6.3. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2005
Cask @ Reading Beer Festival. A strong, fruity ale thats almost Belgian in character with Christmas spices and yeasty edges.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2005
Black with a beige head. Roast in the nose with a touch of alcohol. Big choc and roaste taste with some cara notes. Medium, quite warming feel. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (2016) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2016
Cask at Sheaf View, Heeley... on Boxing Day. - Deep cloudy brown body, thin white head. Nose is spicy and fruity with some light hoppy notes. Taste is spicy as well, berries, some liquorice and dark chocolate. Quite nice for that time of year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2009
Cask, Marble Arch Inn, Manchester. Deep dark brown with good thick off white head, good lace. Flavour is quite mellow, often a good thing aiding the whole neckability. Watching TUF 8 Junie Browning must die.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2006
Cask (gravity) Notts BF 2005. Bliss. Solid black, big malts and lurking hops, wet tar, good chocolate, berries steeped in alcohol - theres plenty going on here and it comes together wonderfully. <!-- br --><!-- br -->You can still buy this in the middle of summer round here at a Whim pub - and it tastes just as good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2009
Cask at the Derby Winter Beer Festival 2009. This nearly black beer has an enjoyable rich consistency. The flavours include aniseed and burnt sugar. Oddly, it reminded me somewhat of pumpernickel bread.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Simeon (2) - Derby, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2005 does not count
This ale is so dark it can only be described as crepuscule. this stygian brew with its warm, nutty, fruity, chocolate and more than just a tiny hint of cinnamon flavour begs to be consumed on frosty yuletide evening in the company of close friends. A log fire burns gently at the back of ones mind as the dark liquid easily flows from the flagon to the heart. This ale can be compared to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens where warmth and friendship can be found in the darkest of places. be that Man or Brew. one thing is for sure this ale will leave you in no doubt that christmas is here to stay.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
eraserhead (1) - MICRONESIA - MAY 19, 2005 does not count
A stupedous Ale,Which i tried 3 years ago,Its glazed but not scatchy,and reminds me of i barn i once owned where i kept hundreds of coats durning the winter equinox for close friends.Black christmas is like the funniest joke on the worst day of your life.After 4 pints you wont know whether to laugh of cry.A real winner

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