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Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask; Seasonal - Winter.
"A warming reddish glow and a sparkle of floral hop aroma; Festive Spirit is a beer with a gently warming malt flavour and spicy bitterness give a welcome cheer for the season."
Available in December
Previously 5.0%

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (10903) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - DEC 30, 2007
Cask at The Postal Order, JDW, Banbury, 30-12-07 in the company of Glen aka imdownthepub Quite a spicy and fruity beer that had potential but ultimately turned out a bit messy. Like a cake that my mum makes i.e. All of the ingredients are in there to end up with what should be a rich fruit cake, like in the book, but somehow you end up with a brick.

fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2008
Cask (handpump) @ Wetherspons, Paridise Place, Birmingham B3, UK. Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nutty, moderate hoppy, perfume, bananacake. Flavor is moderate sweet, light acidic, light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is light to medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft / flat. (140108)

imdownthepub (15325) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2007
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Amber brown with white head. Sharp tinny, perfumed flavour initially. Slight chemical flavour within a strongish malty beer. A touch harsh and bitter on the finish. Not to my taste.

KnutAlbert (6791) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2007
Cask at the Market Porter. Creamy, hoppy, fruity. Far more interesting htan their bottled beers. Lovely dry aftertaste. It combines flavour with drinkability, and there is even som Christmas spice in the finish. Far better than their bottled beers.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
A Mes rate: Cask at the Hobgoblin in Baker St. A little caramel. Some medicine type notes that lead to a rather nasty finish. Not great.

SilkTork (5849) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
Malt Shovel, Horsham. Gravity. Perfumed malty beer. The perfume is splendid. Finishes with an interesting touch of vinegar. Yummy.

DanielBrown (4544) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2005
Hand pulled at the Anchor, Birmingham. Very, very odd. Herby, medicinal mint flavour, also some pine. Quite nice for a moment, but I can’t get my head round it. Too minty, too dentisty. This is almost toothpaste and I have to keep slapping myself with a handy fish to remember that it’s beer.

omhper (25720) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2002
Sampled cask conditioned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, Sweden.
Dark amber. Intense fruity aroma with an evident punch of pine needles. Medium sweet and medium bodied. Rounded mouthfeel with notes of chocolate and a dryish bitter finish with lingering pine needle flavour.

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