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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

457 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 28 | 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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scott2269

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-12-2012 03:57:28 | More by scott2269
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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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Sagehawk

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

02-08-2012 23:12:25 | More by Sagehawk
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drperry11

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.4%

02-08-2012 04:47:32 | More by drperry11
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meanmutt

Ohio

5/5  rDev +25.9%

02-05-2012 20:50:17 | More by meanmutt
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 11:02:34 | More by deadonhisfeet
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-29-2012 20:30:16 | More by ejimhof
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Amesjeep

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 07:36:31 | More by Amesjeep
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MuscleConfusion

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-17-2012 14:41:59 | More by MuscleConfusion
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dgsumm

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.4%

01-15-2012 19:23:07 | More by dgsumm
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:39:20 | More by McNealc31
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uziangis

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -37%

01-13-2012 03:05:52 | More by uziangis
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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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KarlSpackler

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-08-2012 03:29:53 | More by KarlSpackler
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schoun

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-07-2012 14:14:23 | More by schoun
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throwback

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-05-2012 21:55:40 | More by throwback
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Ouroborus

Iowa

1/5  rDev -74.8%

01-05-2012 03:12:30 | More by Ouroborus
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.19 for a 12 oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. 21.5 IBUs, OG=18.5P. 8.3% ABV.

Filtered, pours out to a clear chestnut, forming a limpid off yellow head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma opens with some subtle biscuit malt and toast, then is followed by an overwhelming spice note...mostly cinnamon and ginger. The mouthfeel is clean with a medium body. Taste is potent with spices, too much for my tastes. I like the more balanced examples of the style, like Great Lakes BC. This is way over the top. Bitterness is mild. Not much more to comment on here. If you like strongly spiced beers, you'll probably like this. I don't.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:12:53 | More by Mitchster
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber in appearance, nice and clear. Smell Smell has a nice blend of spices for a winter warmer. Mouthfeel, this beer tends to lay in the back of the mouth, not anything that would stop us from having one or two.... Taste is very nice and mixed well for a winter warmer; great on a good cold night. We know had a few when it was 19 degrees out. Overall this is a nicely done winter warmer and one we feel you need to have. Oh goes great with leftover turkey.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:09:22 | More by barleyroad
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a rich brown with a thick, tan head and superior lacing.

Nose is a not-overpowering assortment of spices and malt; notably nutmeg and cinnamon.

The taste is a deliciously mellow blend of honey and spices. The malts are toasty and the hops give it a nice balance. This is a very drinkable spiced beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is medium-mild. The spices give off a nice warmth.

Overall, this is exactly what I would want when I think of a Winter Warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:49:34 | More by dorianmarley
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

01-03-2012 02:58:32 | More by AWS2111
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear burnt orange/reddish color. The medium-sized head has a burnt orange tint and a fairly dense, frothy texture. Retention is solid, and a couple decent rings of lacing stick to the glass as the initial head recedes.

S: Quite the holiday nose: ginger and cinnamon are most prominent, but some lighter notes of nutmeg and dried fruit contribute well. There's also a nice underlying caramel sweetness, along with lightly toasted breadiness.

T: Fairly toasty maltiness up front, with a healthy dose of caramel flavor and sweetness. A sweet beer, overall. A light kiss of herbal hop bitterness adds some focus. The holiday spices (especially cinnamon and ginger) are well done without becoming overbearing.

M: Medium bodied. This drinks smoothly and easily for 8.3% abv. Alcohol isn't really detectable at all, minus a very faint warming nip into the finish.

D: This drinks very much like Ohio's more famous winter warmer, Great Lakes Christmas Ale. This drinks a little maltier, and has a more diverse cast of spices (whereas GLCA is quite gingery). A thoroughly enjoyable winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:35:08 | More by Clydesdale
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Fliptunes

Ohio

5/5  rDev +25.9%

12-29-2011 15:01:17 | More by Fliptunes
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-29-2011 11:28:46 | More by jrpapajcik
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber color with medium white head. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of clove and raisins. Flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Medium sticky mouthfeel. Very nice winter warmer!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 19:38:14 | More by CuriousMonk
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