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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

473 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 36 | 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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dgsumm

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.4%

01-15-2012 19:23:07 | More by dgsumm
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

01-15-2012 01:39:20 | More by McNealc31
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uziangis

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -37%

01-13-2012 03:05:52 | More by uziangis
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

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
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KarlSpackler

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-08-2012 03:29:53 | More by KarlSpackler
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schoun

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-07-2012 14:14:23 | More by schoun
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throwback

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-05-2012 21:55:40 | More by throwback
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Ouroborus

Iowa

1/5  rDev -74.8%

01-05-2012 03:12:30 | More by Ouroborus
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

$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.

01-05-2012 02:12:53 | More by Mitchster
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

01-05-2012 00:09:22 | More by barleyroad
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

01-03-2012 04:49:34 | More by dorianmarley
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

01-03-2012 02:58:32 | More by AWS2111
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

12-30-2011 01:35:08 | More by Clydesdale
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Fliptunes

Ohio

5/5  rDev +25.9%

12-29-2011 15:01:17 | More by Fliptunes
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-29-2011 11:28:46 | More by jrpapajcik
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber color with medium white head. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of clove and raisins. Flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Medium sticky mouthfeel. Very nice winter warmer!

12-28-2011 19:38:14 | More by CuriousMonk
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jkoch7

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-27-2011 15:24:51 | More by jkoch7
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

My favorite new (to me) Xmas beer of the season.

A- Body is a nearly completely transparent reddish brown color. Pours with 1-2 finger foamy white head that fades to a thin collar and leaves behind no lacing in the glass.

S- Quite spicy. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, a hint of caramel malt as well.

T- Quite similar to the smell. This is a spicier Christmas ale. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon upfront. A hint of maltiness behind.. the finish is a tad dry and very spicy.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a light to mdium weight body.

O- Overall this is a very good Christmas Ale. Very likeable and drinkable. A bit spicier than most-but thats how I like it.

12-25-2011 23:20:18 | More by PittBeerGirl
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ewalden

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-25-2011 01:09:15 | More by ewalden
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -37%

12-24-2011 02:50:58 | More by Jparkanzky
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ckollias

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a pub glass.

A: Pours a dark copper almost brown hue with a thin 1-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace. Long stringy trail all the way own the glass.

S: Spicy malt and hop aroma fills the nose. Hints of caramel and cinnamon in the background.

T: Smooth and tart and much more bitter than sweet. There are some complex flavors here - including toasted malts, caramel, honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

M: medium carbonation nd medium body and an alcoholic kick.

O: This is what a Christmas ale should taste like. A little on the tart side but tasty as can be.

12-23-2011 22:04:01 | More by ckollias
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ksimons

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A-pours a clear ruby amber with a fingers worth of white head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-smell is nice, high in the spices which is a good thing. Rich malts, sweet caramel and honey, and lots of spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg)

T-the taste is a bit disappointing compared to the smell. Still get the rich malt backbone but the body could be a bit fuller. That said this beer doesn't lack for spices. I am tasting cinnamon and ginger and light honey.

M-medium body, medium carbonation. I wish the body was kicked up just a little.

Overall I think this is a good winter warmer, it has a lot to offer in terms of spices but I am not sure I would want another. The malt is heavy enough and the spices might become too much after a while.

12-22-2011 23:46:32 | More by ksimons
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amart80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-22-2011 17:08:57 | More by amart80
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Hoppedup616

Ohio

5/5  rDev +25.9%

12-20-2011 14:08:07 | More by Hoppedup616
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json83

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-19-2011 01:46:27 | More by json83
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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