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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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very good

476 Ratings

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 39 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Molson2000, Sep 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

scm2787, Aug 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Mullinger1980, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Dodo2step
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for this brew

A- a murky looking iced tea appearance. Minimal head and poor lacing on the pint.

S- lots going on here: nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and clove with caramel hints.

F- Same as the nose, very tasty and complex.

M- creamy yet smooth.

O- not a bad christmas ale, this is an above average and i would like another.

Dodo2step, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Doughbodyboy, Jul 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Stinger80OH, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

dbert21, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Dkanz, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of sped9800
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

sped9800, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, May 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

brianplatt, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Buggies, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of goldennectar
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany & clear. Pours thin head about that recedes quickly lacing

Smell: Spices, lots of spices and malted caramel- Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice? There is a lot going on here

Taste: All of the above mentioned spices and a nice lager/ale underneath holding it all up. The high abv does not
make its presence known

Mouthfeel: Light/medium and not overly carbonated - Easy to drink

Overall: Hell yea! This is a dangerously easy drinker. Since GL Christmas Ale sells out so quickly and I can never seem to get to the store while they still have some I tried this, and I like it equally as well, at a lower price to boot!
It's heavy on the spice so if thats not your thing you may not like it, but a great drink on a cold winter night.

goldennectar, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

jeesa, Apr 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

Lob, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Redstar137, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

scott2269, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

groetman, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Sagehawk, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

drperry11, Feb 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

meanmutt, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Newcastle signature glass. The beer is a nice dark mahogany color with a faint touch of red and a 1-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is faint, bready, and yeasty with a touch of ginger.

Flavor is nicely balanced between sweet and spicy. There's a considerable malt backbone giving a bready, almost cookie-like feel. Faint tones of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg accompany this as well as a very gently hop kiss. This beer is dangerously drinkable at 8.3%.

I bought 3 of these winter warmers this year, and I think it was 2 too many. They're a bit sweet and cloying for my tastes. Still, this was a very nice beer and a nice sipper on a chilly night.

deadonhisfeet, Feb 02, 2012
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.