12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

590 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 43
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: imaguitargod on 11-18-2008)
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Reviews by philbe311:
Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Two and a half fingers worth of crisp tightly packed fizzy light khaki colored head with a slight rose colored tint... Excellent retention... The head turns denser and creamier as it the head begins to the settle... A rather unique color that is equal parts bronze and brown... A good bit of briskly paced carbonation with some bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A strong whiff of honey right off of the bat... Some light dark fruit notes... Bursting at the seems with toasted malts... Brown sugar... Some subtle spice notes in the form of cinnamon and ginger... Warming, pleasant and satisfying...

T - The spice component is kicked up a notch on the palette as it takes center stage... The ginger and nutmeg are prominent and the cinnamon is a bit subdued... Then it's the honey... Some dark fruits... A hint of dark sugar... Beings to round out very nicely as it warms a bit, but there's still something slightly off that doesn't quite work for me...

M - Medium bodied... Fairly dense, yet a bit thin... Brisk carbonation... Starts lush and quickly turns dry...

D - An interesting Winter Warmer... Lots of satisfying and redeeming qualities, but in the total this one is a bit less then the sum of its parts... Not a bad beer, but there's something subtle that doesn't quite compute with my palate... Perhaps it's a combination of a bit too much ginger and a mouthfeel that is slightly off... Again, not a bad beer, but far from my favorite winter warmer...

More User Reviews:
Photo of MANix73
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

I did a side-by-side comparison with GLBC Christmas Ale this weekend & 12 Dogs was darker, spicier, less hoppy & the better Christmas Ale.

Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of warnerry
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of hohnx012
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of xdefeatsy
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of HeyYoMar
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jminch
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Feel: medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. A tiny bite on the tongue, presumably from the 8.3% alcohol. Pleasant, spicy aroma but it suggests that there may be too much spicing in the flavor. Tasting confirms this, with the blame largely on nutmeg. Some medium and dark malt with a hint of toffee does show behind the spicing.

O: a good winter seasonal, but a bit too much nutmeg for me. Improved a little with warming.

Photo of Rosethoj
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of brianplatt
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Doughbodyboy
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Mtooman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.