12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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Reviews by cvstrickland:
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
The twelve-ounce bottle pours brightly clear and cherry-stained orange in color, with a grainy-bubbled cap of antique ivory-hued foam. The head relaxes slowly and as the drink progresses, healthy rings of lacing are left clinging to sip-lines inside my pint willibecher glass.
The aroma is sweetly laden with holiday spice; nutmeg and cinnamon predominate. A twinkle of spicy ginger livens a light caramel candy background.
The taste is fairly sweet, with a baselayer of caramel maltiness. Dusty cinnamon and a prickle of peppery ginger work in concert with an oily dab of nutmeg to knock the mellow sweetness back and linger on into the aftertaste. Any alcohol flavors are very well-masked in the melange.
The drink is a tad lighter in body than my ideal winter warmer would have, but that factor coupled with mild carbonation enhance the drinkability score quite a bit. The essential internal warming element is not in doubt at all.
12-15-2009 16:00:59 | More by cvstrickland
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3.94/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a tawny brown with a tinge of amber,a thinner slight off white head atop.Aromas of nutmeg,mace,allspice,and some honey makes for a very spiced brew.I like the warming spiced notes on the palate,candied ginger and nutmeg notes stand out most along with a sweet honey-like finish.The sweetness is big but for me it never gets overly sticky.Solid.
12-16-2013 22:12:15 | More by oberon
3.43/5 rDev -13.6%
Notes from Dec. 2010
Pours a clear deep reddish brown with two fingers of head.
Smell is cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by caramel malt. Nothing great, but decent.
Tastes is heavy spices up front that gradually give way to caramel malts. Lingering cinnamon on the finish. there is also some slight hop bitterness and a floral taste that I can't quite make out. Overall, a decent blend of flavors, but something seems a little off.
Generally a light mouthfeel, though not particularly clean. Leaves traces of roasted malt.
Overall a pretty good Christmas beer, but nowhere near one of the best.
05-25-2011 22:06:40 | More by warnerry
2.8/5 rDev -29.5%
Pours a relatively clear, darker shade of amber with minimal head. Not much lacing to mention. Smells VERY strongly of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Smells of relatively nothing but holiday-like spices, and very strongly. Taste is much the same...strong nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, subtle hop spice...malty. Decent carbonation, medium bodied. Very sweet and spicy. One bottle is enough. Not totaly impressed.
11-27-2008 03:40:05 | More by Doomcifer
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter
A - One-finger head of light tan foam that leaves a solid ring around the glass as it slowly falls. Color is brown, turning to very dark orange around the base of the glass. Held to a light, color is dark apricot and quite cloudy.
S - After the pour, the bottle smelled like a gourmet ginger ale had just left it. Lots of ginger in the nose, followed by nutmeg and cinnamon. There's also a sweetness there that seems more than the caramel in the malts, which supports the spices well.
T - Nicely toasted malts infused with ginger. Caramel with cinnamon follow. Finish has subtle bittering hops mixed with honey. Delicious!
M - A bit fizzy to start, and then rather clean. Reasonable carbonation. Decent body and nice structure. Finish lingers and is a tad drier than the taste suggests it might be.
D - Yummy seasonal brew that blends the malts and spices in a very attractive way. An evening with several of these would be quite enjoyable. This is the GL Christmas Ale's big brother. As good as the GL is, this shouldn't be overlooked - it's every bit as good.
01-25-2011 22:00:45 | More by BuckeyeSlim
4.13/5 rDev +4%
12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.
Hazed tawny hue, find bubbling up top with some clinging action going on. Honey, candied fruit and ginger all up in the nose with cinnamon and nutmeg on the sideline. No choice but smoothness with the modest level of carbonation given. Spicy with dry cocoa-like maltiness, hint of molasses, residual honey ... ginger is not as strong in the taste and lets the other spices play. The alcohol chimes in late in the game but slowly makes up for time lost with a slow but growing warmth. The nutmeg and hops provide a nice barrier of bitterness to hold back any sweetness that tries to push forward too much. Finishes with a mild dark sugar note, lingering spices and toasty malt.
A pretty damn amazing Winter Warmer ... impressive is the first word that comes to mind. Complex yet dangerously drinkable as well.
01-31-2010 04:33:25 | More by Jason
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Appears a dark chestnut brown hue with a large off white khaki head with fine intricate lacing between each sip, retention is decent. Aroma offers up a nice mix of Christmas spices, according to the label it says honey cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. What stands out to me is the spicy ginger along with earthy and pine hops, of course a strong honey sweetness rides in the sidecar. Very complex and full of Christmas senses, supposedly the same recipe as the Great Lakes Christmas ale according to a recent thread, rumor? I'm not sure but it smells pretty close. Flavor is nice spices play nice with bitter and spicy edges, I'm getting Christmas spiced bread with powdered yeast drizzled with honey and caramel, let's not forget spruce tips and a raw earthy bitterness with just a touch of booziness about it. I can't believe this brew is scoring in the middle of the road category, because it's fantastic. I'm ready for a whole sixer better yet a mixed sixer half Great Lakes Christmas Ale and half of this fine brew. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with some thicker textures joining the party, some honey and some rough spice induced bitterness in the finish. Also some soothing alcohol burn that makes the whole experience work a little better, and drinkability wise it's pretty easy to drain a 12 ounce pour if you let your palate adjust to the honey and spices. Throw a cigar into the mix and it will hold up equally as well.
12-08-2008 17:26:40 | More by WVbeergeek
4.06/5 rDev +2.3%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a hazy brownish red with a slightly yellowed head on top. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Loads of spices up front on this one. Nutmeg, cinnamon and clove all come to mind. Roasted malts add some sweetness.
T: As with the aroma there are a lot of spices in this beer. A well rounded sweet blend that doesnt overpower in any one direction.
M: Medium body with mild carbonation. Isnt too sticky on the tongue and has a fairly clean finish. Alcohol is well hidden.
Overall this is certainly a winter warmer that defines the style. Great spice profile and very smooth body. Has the oomph of a strong winter beer with great drinkability.
12-05-2013 02:40:01 | More by CloudStrife
4.58/5 rDev +15.4%
The name says it all in this one...Christmas. I had a 4 oz. pour for this in a tasting glass from a bottle at a very cold temperatrure. It was Amber in color. An overwhelming taste of nutmeg and cinnamon accompany this beer and that is exactly what the bottle reads. I also tasted a hint of cheery. Light and fluffy on the palate like you could make a session beer out of it. Also has a taste of malt to it.
The bottle also labels it as honey which I could not get out of it. High ABV but didnt taste like it. Gotta love those "winter warmers."
A very Christmasy Ale.
01-11-2012 23:28:19 | More by Ryanm1
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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