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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

466 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant aroma, some dissipitating white cloudy head on cloudy yellow body.Mouthfeel is a tad above average, although tingling from carbonation though it was not apparent or obtrusive. Honey and some spices, nothing too much. Spice and lagerish taste really.Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:35:25 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-28-2013 05:11:58 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle consumed at our Christmas in July tasting this past weekend. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a dark amber-bronze color with a pretty good white head and a nice collar throughout. Some spotty lacing. The nose brings some light cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor has the cinnamon and nutmeg as well, but with the addition of a good amount of pine. Medium body and a really dry finish. Decent enough, but not something I'd go back to.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:39:52 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ferric oxide orange with a hint of brick red, crystalline clarity and very few visible bubbles. That hasn't stopped the creation of a thick chunk of ecru colored froth. The head doesn't have a great deal of character, but it's decent where glass decoration is concerned.

The nose is typical for a spiced winter warmer. Cinnamon is dominant, followed by nutmeg. I'm not sure that I could have idenfied the ginger and honey on smell alone. All in all, the aroma is balanced and good enough to make me want to upend the glass without further delay.

12 Dogs drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest. That probably has more to do with the mouthfeel than the flavor. My first impression is that this is a fairly well-crafted example of the style that gets the spice load just about right... if you like spiced beer.

Ginger is now appreciated and is almost as prominent as cinnamon and nutmeg. The honey (and some caramel malt) adds a background sweetness that smooths things out and keeps the spices from being palate fatiguing. Still, a single bottle in one sitting should be more than enough. Well-buried alcohol is a plus.

Although it does fill out a bit with warming, the mouthfeel isn't up to the task, especially considering the style and the ABV. I have no complaints about the laid back carbonation.

Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale isn't as good as Great Lakes Christmas Ale, but it's a pretty good effort all the same. If I still lived in the Buckeye State, I'd probably buy a sixer of this and two sixers of GL's version every December. Definitely worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 13:21:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-25-2011 03:39:07 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

red brown with a big cream colored head, that was thick and long lasting. Smelled deeply of malt and spices, nutmeg and almost a cinnamon. Taste was a little thin. The spiceness was definatly there and actually felt a bit warm going down. Great mouthfeel as the carbonation was pretty much perfect. Very very drinkable,

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:21:05 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer holds pretty true to Christmas-ey beers. It's just good to see a new beer from the brewery.

Dense aroma of molassas, caramelized malts, dark (fruit cake) fruits, and a hearty dosing of cinamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and corriander. Throw in some piney hops and we have a beer that rides the fence of complex vs. muddled.

Dark brown with some burgundy highlights. A clean, clear appearance with outstanding head formation and retention. Light tan laces on the glass- an inviting look.

Flavors get back on track with the nose- malty rich and molassas up front with a lot of sweetness (unresolved malts and sugars). Piney, grassy hops quickly rise to balance (doesn't quite achive it). Additional spices (see nose) thrown in to decorate the taste. The spices seem to scatter the beer too much.

Full, rich, and sweet body fits for the Winter season. Bitterness is primarily acheived with the hops but compounded by the spices (nearly astringent). Finishes quite sweet and with a lot of residual sugars on the mouth.

Sounds a bit harsh, but most Winter Warmers fall into this overly-sweet, artificially-spiced catagories. The beer is par of the course and delightful when in the mood for heavy sweetness and varying spices.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 17:51:26 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-28-2013 05:18:00 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-04-2013 21:46:53 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, garnet-hued body with a thin, quickly dissipating, off-white head.

Smell: A blast of blended spices hit the nose first, smelling of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Sure, there's some caramel malts, a touch of toast, and a coating of honey, but the aroma is chiefly dominated by spice.

Taste: As there was a Yuletide aroma, there's a Yuletide taste to follow. Toasted breads and sweet flourishes of caramel and honey dogged by a pungent blend of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg foremost, with a secondary snap of ginger. Touch of bitterness added onto by the generous spice addition. Spice-coated, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely). Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Woof. One to try, provided you're a fan of the spiced brews, though of the spice beers I encountered this winter, I still think Lakefront's Holiday Spice Lager Beer, much to my surprise, was my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 19:37:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-28-2014 03:45:40 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 22:12:15 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking orange red color with a nice looking white head on top. The retention and lacing were both very nice on this beer. The smell of the beer is slightly sweet with a subtle spicy note on the nose as well as a faint orange zest aroma too. The taste of the beer as a nice sweet honey flavor upfront that settles into a nice citrusy spicy warming flavor. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and a little oily, a decent carbonation and it's sticky and finished dry. Overall I though it was a really good brew actually.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:37:16 | More by Knapp85
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 04:33:25 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Amyliz4 at her Christmas in July party the other night. Another Winter warmer in July, YAY! Served in a tiny ticking snifter....for ticking.

Beer is quite dark, amber, clear, decent white head, some carbonation, some lacing, looks fine.

Beer smells primarily of nutmeg, perhaps some cinnamon.

Beer tastes a little like tree sap, pine needles with nutmeg, the pine is quite forward throughout the beer. Interesting, if this were labeled IPA nad tasted like resin I may even like it but this isn't hoppy, it tastes like spruce extract almost. Interesting, I suppose but not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 12:06:09 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 17:26:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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mdfb79

New York

3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Got this a couple months ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with one to two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, honey, dark fruits, wheat, bready malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

t - Tastes of spices , pepper, coriander, bready malts, wheat, fruits, dough , gingerbread, and light cinnamon. Too much spice for me, a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent nose but way too much spice going on in the taste for me. Not my favorite holiday beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 22:44:36 | More by mdfb79
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a dark, semi-transparent brown with a fluffy, off white head that slowly fades out. Scattered bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of hefty amounts of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and a touch of nutmeg. I'm not a huge fan of spiced ales but this one is pretty enticing stuff.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mild earthy hop note coming through, along with the caramel, and cinnamon flavors melding into a delicious winter brew.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, balanced spicing with a warming alcohol sensation in the swallow.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 01:17:47 | More by weeare138
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a mixed 6-pack from Liberty St. Tavern. Yeah, the spices are heavy, but paired with a god Christmas cookie, it's quite tasty. There's a overwhelming presence of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger over a sweet, caramel roll malt profile and mellow, but spicy, hops finish. There's no hint of alcohol and if you don't mind the spice, this is a tasty winter treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 04:24:31 | More by tempest
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uh oh. This may become one of those days when I CAN actually cop to drinking all day. You have to start in the morning to be able to pull it off, but given the weather and my attitude (I am listening to CDR Cody's "Seeds and Stems Blues" and Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Comin' Down", if that gives you any indication). When did my life become a C & W song? Man, I miss my Old Lady.

I had a finger of light-brown head when I initially poured this sumbich but when I looked away it disappeared like a thief in the night. Color was an orangish-amber with a clarity that made me want to weep for all of the things that have been lost just in my lifetime. Nose had a potpourri-like zest to it that just evoked Christmas and the holidays in my addled mind. Onto a taste. Ho, did somebody say "Ginger"? Jeez, there was Rodgers; the chick from Giggling's Atoll; that doll in Long Beach lo those many years ago who I used to hook up with after shows at Fender's International Ballroom ... Yes, ginger was the first and foremost taste on my tongue. Okay, regrouping, I could also get the cinnamon and nutmeg, but they were lesser players. There was this beautiful stripper who went by Cinnamon when I was down in Roosey Roads, PR and she and her colleague, China, were both from western PA. Oh, the memories ... But I digress again. The beer danced across my tongue on the lightest of feet, almost creamy in its presence. The finish was equally spicy and evocative of a meal in Thailand, on an evening of liberty in 1987. 'Twere the ginger, lads.

Okay, quick recap - very nice, especially for a Winter Warmer. Lots of spices, very warming with a fairly full mouthfeel. Worth seeking out, especially at this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 14:10:33 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks go to my brother for giving me this. The brew appears a clear amber color in my glass with a finger of tan head composed of large bubbles that fade fast. The brew is clear for the most part, but holding it up to the light shows some particulate hanging.

The aroma of this brew gives way immediately to hints of cinnamon. There is some other spiced quality going on here bringing forth thoughts of holiday spices and Christmas cookies of some sort. Across the back, a light indication of the 8% abv is noticed.

Taking a sip, this brew also tastes just like a Christmas cookie of sorts. Cinnamon and spices mingle with a toasty grain flavor that almost reminds me of ginger snaps. A bit of herbal hops keep things in check but this brew is all about the toasty almost nutty grain flavoring that is integrated with the spices. This is a winter warmer that is on the heavier side of the spiced spectrum but it works for me... maybe because it is out of season and the spices have faded a bit or maybe this is just a really different brew compared to what I have been drinking these past couple of months. Regardless it is pretty good and well balanced.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. As expected, the spices were the main component but everything worked together quite nice. I can't say that I would take down several of these but in the festive spirit of the seasons I would no doubt try this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 03:09:11 | More by stakem
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty cider and caramel. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 22:26:26 | More by jdhilt
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Wasatch

Utah

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden brown color, nice carbonation, small fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel, nutmeg/cinammon notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, lots of caramel notes, a very nice touch of nutmeg/cinammon. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 02:25:10 | More by Wasatch
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-29-2012 20:30:16 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thirsty Dog : 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale

Pours a deep clear amber with off white head and recedes to a fine layer. Aromas of brown sugar like malt, gingerbread, cinnamon and nutmeg. In the taste, more of the same, cinnamon, some nutmeg, sugary malt, faint date notes as well. Warming alcohol is felt but absent in the taste. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a small dry spice. Overall, a fine sipper and a good example of a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:24:04 | More by Stinkypuss
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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.