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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

476 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

BringbakFavre, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

PA-Michigander, Jan 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

b1515152004, Jan 18, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - deep amber.. Heads up nicely but falls too quick

S - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger

T - same as smell.. Follows the feel of literally drinking Christmas

M - a bit bity IMO, very very spiced

O - much better than most winter warms I've had. But reader beware if you don't want lots of spice, avoid.

kdlz, Jan 14, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice deep dark amber bordering brown, light head that disappeared almost immediately. Looks ok, nothing to impress, but nothing wrong here either.

S - Wow. Blast of liquid gingerbread. Smells of molasses, ginger and clove. Very inviting, very holiday.

T - Follows right along with the smell, strong spice. In my opinion too over the top.

M - Not a lot here, relatively thin, just over bearing on the spice note. Good, but cannot drink more than one of these.

O - The thought is Christmas, and it achieves. Just a bit too overbearing for my tastes, good but a one and done for me. I would have another, just not in the same night. Cannot see this anytime but the holidays, would have a far different take in May.

Try one, but if you can pick up a single in doing so, I would recommend that.

whiterabbit, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

WesMantooth, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of CMUbrew
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Review from 12/18/13

A: Rich mahogany color in the glass. Whitish head forms nicely but disappears quickly

S: Spices obviously. Ginger and nutmeg are most prevalent.

T: Ginger and nutmeg mostly, but the spice presence is nice and not overpowering.

M: Maybe not quite as full bodied as I was hoping, but not bad.

O: A very enjoyable spiced beer, though I was hoping for more spices, especially the cinnamon, to stand out.

CMUbrew, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Duff27, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

drbenderdo, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Rast, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

csrbv, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

TonyY, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

acp21178, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

ohiobeer29, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

StretchZep, Dec 27, 2013
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2.46/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First time I ever drank this, could not find any Corsendonk Xmas this year so tried something new. Overpowering taste of ginger with some heavy clove action. Liked the mouthfeel. No real scent to it but a bit of sourness. Better as it got warmer like most Xmas ales but wouldn't recommend it. Disappointing effort from Thirsty Dog in my opinion.

Read on another beer site that this was similar in formula to Great Lakes Xmas Ale. Not even close.

johng, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JackRB, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Trfagan3, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

wildcatboy, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

IPAchris, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

davemathews68, Dec 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

NonicPanic, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

loramellon65, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

hollywood_15063, Dec 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

partisan, Dec 23, 2013
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.