Hateball16 (105) - - NOV 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Dark copper with ruby highlights. Frothy white head, which doesn’t last. Effervescence visible.
Aroma: Toasty nutty caramel, clove or cinnamom and some prune or raisin in the background.
Flavour: Not too much depth in terms of the malt profile, but some sweetness that is a little cloying. Could either do with some more roasty flavours or some more hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. Definitely hints of Christmas fruit cake or pudding.
Mouthfeel: Not as much body as I was hoping for, but I may have been expecting something more akin to a porter. finish is quick with a slight warming aftertaste (but not something that makes me want to drink a case of it!)
Overall: As a big fan of the Wychwood guys’ beer, a bit underwhelmed with this. The Hobgoblin Reserve is a better option.
Trolleo (1478) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 18, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy, shy cinnamon aroma, also some cloves, yeasty, honey cake, even some banana. Clear dark ruby color with small white head. Taste is cinnamon, banana and spices, moderately sweet with long spicy sweet finish. Thin body, watery, flat carbonation. Not exactly a winter warmer but quite nice.
azzurro (151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good spiced beer for the christmas season. Nice warm touch with the cinnamon, not too spicy, good balance.
alvaro78 (442) - Sevilla, SPAIN - MAR 31, 2017
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leves aromas a canela y caramelo.
Buen aspecto rubi, espuma persistente.
En boca maltosa y especiada levemente, muy ligera y bebible
MarcinG (756) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2017
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Butelka 500ml . Ciemno miesziany kolor. Piana srednia,lekko palona,opada szybko. W aromacie karmel,toffi przyprawy i slody. W smaku slodkawe,alkohol lekko ciagnie o jezyku. Slody, suszone owoce,karmel,ciastka.
Vells (1794) - Rīga, LATVIA - MAR 7, 2017
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Usually not a fan, but this one was quite nice. Mostly because I am really thirsty X) Some decent malty background, caramel, some bread, and
that cinnamon that you love in one sip and hate in another. Otherwise decent brew with moderate sweetness and moderate to light bitterness
with some herbal hops in finish.
HopsSensei51 (1) - SWANSEA, WALES - FEB 27, 2017 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
orange, clear, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
thejackpacker (334) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Aldi. A slightly bland Christmas ale compared to others but after a while, one gets some lively Christmas flavours coming through.
stringtiff (1) - Rotherham, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bah Humbug 5% abv brew, has a toffee like flavour, deep rich red colour with the taste of Christmas cake and other tastes of Christmas. A most enjoyable ALE
Marduk (7174) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 4, 2017
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Clear dark copper color. Small size, beige head, stays. Sweet, caramel, shy hops, malty in aroma. Sweet, lollipop, caramel, icing, bit of strawberries in taste. Sweet, strawberry-pear lollipop caramel in aftertaste. Beer is hidden. In some ways it feels like pear lemonade is mixed with beer and strawberry lollipop is the cherry on top. Weird stuff.
hrabren (1144) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 11, 2017
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.5 l bottle from a local store in Slovenske Konjice, Slovenia. Thanks Zvonko&Monika. Light spicy, light malty, toasty. Nuts and dry fruits aroma, overripe fruit or candy. Perfumed. Light body, medium carbonation, abrupt finish. Spicy after. Nice, but weak.