12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
05-24-2012 03:09:11 | More by stakem
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
04-23-2012 20:30:24 | More by goldennectar
3.85/5 rDev -3%
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.
02-02-2012 11:02:34 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
Serving from a 12oz. bottle into a Duval chalice
Dark golden in color with a very light head even when pouring into the middle of the glass. The smell is wonderful fresh ginger and nutmeg. A great balance of what a Christmas Ale should taste like. First taste in malts and cinamon, then comes the ginger. Finishing with just enough kick and some nutmeg on the end. This one hits you on all sides of the mouth. Overall and great beer for this time of year and earlier. For those who live in Cleveland this has become the new Great Lakes Christmas all that we remember from 2008.
01-21-2012 07:36:31 | More by Amesjeep
4.68/5 rDev +17.9%
Deep amber and filled with warm spices in the nose. The first sip is full of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and is delightfully warm. There's even a late sweetness. Graham cracker flavors make an appearance, too. If you like spicy winter warmers, this is for you. I've even seen it served with a ring of cinnamon on the glass, just like salt with a margarita.
The great debate here in Ohio is Great Lakes Christmas Ale or Thirsty Dog 12 Days of Christmas. I don't really want to decide. Both are outstanding and make anyone look forward to Christmas. You can't go wrong with either.
01-15-2012 01:39:20 | More by McNealc31
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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