12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
This brew pours a nice amber/brown color. There is very little head, as well as no really lacing present either. Nothing thrilling on the pour.
As you pour the beer on this brew, the aroma hits you pretty good. There are some great aromas in this brew. From the start I can smell caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and some other spices that have been mixed in here as well.
This brew has a nice bold flavor. The spices hit very well and give this brew a punch on the first sip. The boldest flavors are the nutmeg/cinnamon. This brew is very sweet, but not overkill. There is a touch of caramel in the follow through.
With a medium body and some good carbonation, this brew goes down very well. Very crisp and smooth.
This is a very good beer. Its not that any of the categories we rate on were a huge winner, but the fact that this brew had something different about it. It was very wasy to drink, despite the higher ABV that its carries. This brew was nice and sweet, and gives a nice warming feel without the heavy alcohol burn. Great representation of the style.
12-13-2010 03:52:37 | More by mattgreger
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
3.1/5 rDev -21.9%
Has a nice nut-brown look, but with almost zero head and lacing.
Smells like a lot of cinnamon backed by some honey and other traces of spice. Hard to pick out the actual malt, no detectable hops.
My friend described this pretty well when he tasted it, "It's like they dipped a cinnamon stick in honey and beat you in the face with it." Still having trouble picking out any malt character, the cinnamon is just overwhelming.
Still very smooth, the spices aren't TOO spicy, but the cinnamon just dominates and mutes everything else. A little sticky finish with a dry cinnamon flavor that lingers after the sweetness fades.
Definitely festive, warms the tummy, but not my favorite winter ale.
12-22-2010 21:28:20 | More by Thanby
4.63/5 rDev +16.6%
12 oz bottle poured into Allagash chalice.
A: Pours a mostly opaque reddish-brown with faint orange highlights. 1-finger head quickly dies down to a mere cap, leaving no lacing on the glass.
S: Strong ginger in the nose, along with honey, orange peel and cardamom. Very festive; not unlike offerings from Yankee Candle (yup).
T: Wow. Ginger dominates, in an extremely clean and tasteful way. This beer is all honey and spice bouquet; impossible to pick apart, really, but oh so well-balanced and smooth. As far as I'm concerned, the alcohol doesn't exist. Incredible.
M: Medium carbonation, perhaps on the high side. This causes the beer to cream up nicely, although I can see this being quite thin when it flattens.
O: I found a stray bottle of this sitting on the shelves with no idea what to expect, and I can't get over how happy I am to have come upon it. This has got to be the best example of a Winter Warmer that I've ever had, and it more than hits the spot, even on a 67 degree spring evening. I'm looking forward to December, if only so I can grab a case of this.
A benchmark Winter Warmer.
04-30-2011 02:54:48 | More by sk8man121
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
During this time of year I like to drink an occasional Christmas ale. Had only tried this brewery's stout before, so why not.
Poured a dark brown with a decent head that quickly dissipated.
Smelled of nutmeg, cinnamon and roasted malt.
Taste had hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger? Very tasty indeed; pleasurable for the entire glass.
Mouthfeel was average; nothing great, or bad.
Drinkability was good, light on the ABV, nice and tasty, although I would not drink more than one or two fo these.
01-03-2009 13:14:17 | More by BeTheBall
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.