Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Only available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml dark glass bottles from October to December.
Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
"With it’s warming, dark ruby character and splendid luscious flavours of dried fruit, Young’s Christmas Pudding Ale is an inspirational addition to a traditional Christmas feast or fire-side gathering."

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mik82 (34) - - DEC 6, 2005
Does what is says on the label. Pudding flavoured beer - spices and dried fruits. Coconut flavour slightly out of place for a christmas pudding but nice anyway. Dark brown colour. It doesn’t really taste like a christmal pudding but I could imagine a pudding tasting like it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RatingsProfessor10 (3) - - DEC 6, 2016 does not count
Love this beer though not had it for several years - alas! So wish I could get it once more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nybol (1711) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
Så er det jul! En tyk sød smag med undertoner af kokus. En juleøl man skal have en af og så ikke mere, den er let humlet i eftersmagen, om den er god til mad er ikke nemt at sige..... Da man ikke får meget med kokus til jul.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lunkie (1919) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2013
Sweet malt hop aroma. Murky red brown colour with poor head and lacing. Malt hop flavour with spices. Smooth thick palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer5000 (6328) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 17, 2013
500 ml bottle sampled in 2008. Clear reddish amber body with a small, dense, beige head. Aroma has malt, dry fruit and fig. Flavor is sweet malt, dry fruit, nuts and very little bitterness. Medium body and aftertaste. Nice idea with a rather boring result.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2012
A - Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a thick creamy head that turns to a thin layer by the second sip. S - Raisins, dates, Bit of Rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, and those Toffee glazed mixed nuts that you can’t stop eating and try to rationalize that it is okay to finish them because it is small tin and there are only a couple handfuls left until you find yourself pouring the crumbs that remain into your mouth and then you remember that this is a beer review and you should stop writing about putting nuts in your mouth. T - Much Hoppier than I would have guessed. Still a bit of the Rum Raisin spicy flavor, but heavier on the Nutmeg, roasted nuts, baked bread, Hops and a bit of metal. The aftertaste gives a slight alcohol warmth and a nuttiness that comes from the brown outer coating to the nut that I eat but know some discard. M & D - Smooth, well carbonated, I could drink another but won’t go out of my way. It is making me burp quite a bit and am not sure if this is due to carbonation or it being my first of the day or maybe I’m just gassy to begin with.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (6986) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
Best before 30th Sep 2009, it was reviewed and drank on 2nd Oct 2009: two days late. Poured into a vase shaped pint glass (Old Speckled Hen badged). Slightly chilled, as asked for on the label. A good foaming off-cream coloured head sat on top of a dark amber, light brown body. The beer was clear, no hint of a cloudiness or haze. The head sadly fell away to a thin covering very quickly. The smell was low key for a Christmas Pudding, even when it warmed the beer gave off very little, some plums and raisins just about came into play. Pleasant more than exciting taste, again not much Christmas Pudding to be found, the 5.5% alcohol doesn’t come through with any great authority either. A weak spicey feel as the beer warmed, cloves and cinnamon perhaps? Not what I was expecting, but overal, not bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4228) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
bread, toast, barnyard, raisin, cooked vegetables, licorice, cloudy, orange, frothy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, heavily sour, oily feel, full body, astringent,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2012
Dark amber color with very good white head. Malty, caramel, and spicy aroma. Fruity, vanilla and sweet beer. A little too thick and sticky beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
1st December 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Dark brown beer - clear. Crisp and refreshing but nothing puddingy going on here! There is distinct coconut - not too sweet. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (25645) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty and slightly sweetish spicy caramel aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and toffee flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel spicy finish.

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