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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: imaguitargod on 11-18-2008)
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

barneysdad, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

twonder23, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

teyuders, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of wr3ck00n
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

wr3ck00n, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of XavierMuskies
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

XavierMuskies, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of JackRB
4/5  rDev +0.8%

JackRB, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of equincel
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

equincel, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of mattgreger
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mattgreger, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of BringbakFavre
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

BringbakFavre, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Nyskizy
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Nyskizy, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of erogers
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

erogers, Jan 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

lumpy1126, Dec 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Luweezy, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Brianito, Nov 24, 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 Redstar137
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Redstar137, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

acp21178, Dec 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

athouve1, Nov 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

msinger1002, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jsf14, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of DougT
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass at 47 degrees. Label says 43 to 49 so I'm in the zone.

A: Dark copper/amber with a 1 finger tan head with little lace but clinging nicely to the glass. Head retains a small full layer on top while drinking.

S: Smells of gingerbread, nutmeg, just a hint of honey, a little malt.

T: Pretty tasty, you need to be in the mood for a spiced beer. It's nicely spicy with the flavor following the label, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Alcohol is barely there, very nicely masked. Some roast flavors and hops bitters with cinnamon bite offset the sweetness f the honey. Remarkably well balanced, but definitely a spiced beer.

M: Medium body. Smooth. Effervescent, but not overly. Honey creaminess and carbonation counter to make a nice smooth feel.

O: I like it. It does remind me of the holidays. High alcohol is nicely warming. You need to be in the mood for something this spicy, but when you are this one is delicious. Probably best to share, I don't think you would want too many.

DougT, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Thanby
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thanby, Dec 22, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

dbert21, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of sk8man121
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

sk8man121, Apr 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JNewbs, Nov 24, 2011
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.