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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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very good

483 Ratings

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 43 | 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:
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(Beer added by: imaguitargod on 11-18-2008)
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

scott2269, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of groetman
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

groetman, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Sagehawk
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Sagehawk, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of drperry11
3/5  rDev -24.4%

drperry11, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
5/5  rDev +25.9%

meanmutt, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Newcastle signature glass. The beer is a nice dark mahogany color with a faint touch of red and a 1-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is faint, bready, and yeasty with a touch of ginger.

Flavor is nicely balanced between sweet and spicy. There's a considerable malt backbone giving a bready, almost cookie-like feel. Faint tones of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg accompany this as well as a very gently hop kiss. This beer is dangerously drinkable at 8.3%.

I bought 3 of these winter warmers this year, and I think it was 2 too many. They're a bit sweet and cloying for my tastes. Still, this was a very nice beer and a nice sipper on a chilly night.

deadonhisfeet, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

ejimhof, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Amesjeep
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving from a 12oz. bottle into a Duval chalice

Dark golden in color with a very light head even when pouring into the middle of the glass. The smell is wonderful fresh ginger and nutmeg. A great balance of what a Christmas Ale should taste like. First taste in malts and cinamon, then comes the ginger. Finishing with just enough kick and some nutmeg on the end. This one hits you on all sides of the mouth. Overall and great beer for this time of year and earlier. For those who live in Cleveland this has become the new Great Lakes Christmas all that we remember from 2008.

Amesjeep, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of MuscleConfusion
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

MuscleConfusion, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of dgsumm
3/5  rDev -24.4%

dgsumm, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of McNealc31
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber and filled with warm spices in the nose. The first sip is full of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and is delightfully warm. There's even a late sweetness. Graham cracker flavors make an appearance, too. If you like spicy winter warmers, this is for you. I've even seen it served with a ring of cinnamon on the glass, just like salt with a margarita.

The great debate here in Ohio is Great Lakes Christmas Ale or Thirsty Dog 12 Days of Christmas. I don't really want to decide. Both are outstanding and make anyone look forward to Christmas. You can't go wrong with either.

McNealc31, Jan 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Ryanm1
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Ryanm1, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of KarlSpackler
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

KarlSpackler, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of schoun
4/5  rDev +0.8%

schoun, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

throwback, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Ouroborus
1/5  rDev -74.8%

Ouroborus, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
2.25/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.19 for a 12 oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. 21.5 IBUs, OG=18.5P. 8.3% ABV.

Filtered, pours out to a clear chestnut, forming a limpid off yellow head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma opens with some subtle biscuit malt and toast, then is followed by an overwhelming spice note...mostly cinnamon and ginger. The mouthfeel is clean with a medium body. Taste is potent with spices, too much for my tastes. I like the more balanced examples of the style, like Great Lakes BC. This is way over the top. Bitterness is mild. Not much more to comment on here. If you like strongly spiced beers, you'll probably like this. I don't.

Mitchster, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of barleyroad
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber in appearance, nice and clear. Smell Smell has a nice blend of spices for a winter warmer. Mouthfeel, this beer tends to lay in the back of the mouth, not anything that would stop us from having one or two.... Taste is very nice and mixed well for a winter warmer; great on a good cold night. We know had a few when it was 19 degrees out. Overall this is a nicely done winter warmer and one we feel you need to have. Oh goes great with leftover turkey.

barleyroad, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of dorianmarley
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a rich brown with a thick, tan head and superior lacing.

Nose is a not-overpowering assortment of spices and malt; notably nutmeg and cinnamon.

The taste is a deliciously mellow blend of honey and spices. The malts are toasty and the hops give it a nice balance. This is a very drinkable spiced beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is medium-mild. The spices give off a nice warmth.

Overall, this is exactly what I would want when I think of a Winter Warmer.

dorianmarley, Jan 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Clydesdale
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear burnt orange/reddish color. The medium-sized head has a burnt orange tint and a fairly dense, frothy texture. Retention is solid, and a couple decent rings of lacing stick to the glass as the initial head recedes.

S: Quite the holiday nose: ginger and cinnamon are most prominent, but some lighter notes of nutmeg and dried fruit contribute well. There's also a nice underlying caramel sweetness, along with lightly toasted breadiness.

T: Fairly toasty maltiness up front, with a healthy dose of caramel flavor and sweetness. A sweet beer, overall. A light kiss of herbal hop bitterness adds some focus. The holiday spices (especially cinnamon and ginger) are well done without becoming overbearing.

M: Medium bodied. This drinks smoothly and easily for 8.3% abv. Alcohol isn't really detectable at all, minus a very faint warming nip into the finish.

D: This drinks very much like Ohio's more famous winter warmer, Great Lakes Christmas Ale. This drinks a little maltier, and has a more diverse cast of spices (whereas GLCA is quite gingery). A thoroughly enjoyable winter seasonal.

Clydesdale, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Fliptunes, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

jrpapajcik, Dec 29, 2011
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.