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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

462 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 32 | 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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Luweezy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-05-2014 16:29:07 | More by Luweezy
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BringbakFavre

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

01-24-2014 08:56:37 | More by BringbakFavre
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csrbv

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-01-2014 20:43:33 | More by csrbv
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 23:28:19 | More by Ryanm1
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athouve1

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-19-2011 16:58:55 | More by athouve1
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msinger1002

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-21-2013 22:10:12 | More by msinger1002
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Thanby

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 21:28:20 | More by Thanby
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dbert21

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-20-2012 22:06:25 | More by dbert21
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sk8man121

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:54:48 | More by sk8man121
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acp21178

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-28-2013 00:07:00 | More by acp21178
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groetman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-11-2012 02:36:40 | More by groetman
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Brianito

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-24-2012 10:48:45 | More by Brianito
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Nyskizy

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-12-2013 01:52:13 | More by Nyskizy
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Redstar137

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-01-2012 02:37:45 | More by Redstar137
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -37%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-09-2013 03:59:00 | More by ODYSEYY
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JNewbs

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-24-2011 02:49:33 | More by JNewbs
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jsf14

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-31-2013 05:25:54 | More by jsf14
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pawpaw

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-17-2013 23:48:23 | More by pawpaw
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 13:14:17 | More by BeTheBall
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xare

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured as a brown clear liquid with a small amount of white head that disappeared after about a minute. Doesn't lace. At the edges of the glass, the color lightens up and becomes honey-colored.

Smell is of nutmeg and some alcohol. It's better than most winter warmers I've had in the past, but nutmeg isn't my favorite of the spices used in this brew. If you like nutmeg though, you'd bump this up a notch.

Taste is of nutmeg with a touch of cinnamon and a hint of ginger. Certainly couldn't detect the honey that they used. The taste is somewhat boozy as well, but if you're into that, bump this up a notch. It was almost like a nutmeg-rum-soaked cookie ball flavor, minus the cookie. And minus the rum flavors.

Mouthfeel was average. No creaminess after the head went away. It was crisp and clean though and not cloying or suffocating with spices. Solid 3.

Drinkability suffered a bit as you can taste the alcohol and it shows. I like the alcohol to be well-hidden or for the beer to be easily drunk without worrying about the heat coming from it. Maybe if the booziness goes away with age, then this would be a prime candidate for aging.

Overall, it's a decent beer but certainly not a replacement for either Great Lakes or Barley's Christmas Ales. The three are similiar - the thing that makes this one different is the nutmeg and the booziness of the brew. If you're into either one of those features, then by all means go for this brew. Otherwise, it's a solid beer but not one that I'd buy year after year.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 22:24:13 | More by xare
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RepMichigan

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-18-2011 14:51:30 | More by RepMichigan
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Lipsntoes

Ohio

2/5  rDev -49.6%

12-14-2012 18:23:43 | More by Lipsntoes
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profholt82

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-23-2012 21:25:37 | More by profholt82
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Simko1209

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-04-2012 03:12:43 | More by Simko1209
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.