Gordon Xmas - John Martin's (John Martin SA)
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3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
2008 Gordon Christmas served on-draught into a Gordon Xmas goblet at Kulminator in Antwerp. 8.8% confirmed. Cost was 3.50 euro. Reviewed from notes taken in early July 2011.
A: Pours a two finger tinted white head of wonderful fluffy froth, great cream, brilliant thickness, and excellent retention for the ABV. Body colour is a dark red-ruby.
Sm: Dark fruit, floral hops, caramelized malt, and light cream. A delightful mild strength aroma.
T: Too much cream and vanilla. Tame restrained dark fruit. Generic floral hops. Rather muted and bland overall. I wish the flavours weren't so restrained. Complex enough, and balanced well, but built problematically.
Mf: Too wet. Very smooth, which suits the muted flavour profile.
Dr: High ABV is well hidden; it's very drinkable. Of pretty good quality. I like it, but the muted feel bothers me.
03-04-2013 22:00:19 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
Drunk from my Traquair tankard on Christmas in Scotland, this has a pleasant smoky spicy smell in the bottle . Forms a light foamy off white big bubbly head which really thins over the course of the drink but does leave some relatively complex lacing around the medium transparent red brown body. Deep sugar y bitter tang. Fairly chewy on the palate with a degree of perfectly restarined light Christmas spice. A buttery caramel quality makes a very late but very welcome addition as the end and the various fields together build a beer which is actually greater than the sum of it parts.
12-28-2011 21:22:53 | More by Zimbo
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
strong foamy head, dark transparent color
the nose gives some hints of marsh and moss on malty notes
the palate is rich, with notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and dates, some bitternes in the finish
a beefy seasonal brew - a good heart-warmer on a cold winter night ....
12-18-2011 22:34:44 | More by Daredevil
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
Pretty good beer. Had it served in a thistle glass with large, foamy, frothy, light tan head that lasted and lots of lace. Color was a clear, dark cherry wood with deep red tones. Aroma was roasty, toffee, caramel malt. Flavor was similar to nose. Great phenols. Body was a tad thin and had high carbonation. Finish was similar to taste, long, and boozy.
10-07-2011 00:24:25 | More by drpimento
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
750ml bottle at Beer Factory,Athens-Greece. Color dark red with medium creamy head. Aroma caramel, spicy, cinnamon, cherries. Taste cherries, sweet, spicy, yeast, suggar. Nice beer but definitely a winter warmer. Will buy again, if I can find it for Christmas.
09-04-2011 22:19:10 | More by fugitive
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
2001 vintage consumed in the vlaamse reus in Wageningen
Look: the beer pours an dark amber-ruby color, with a nice fluffy brown head.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits and some light spices.
Taste: Quite sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits again. Aging mellowed the bitterness and spices in this brew. Raisins, Madeira and dark sugars are overpowering the hoppy spicy bitterness in the aftertaste of the fresh vintage.
Mouthfeel: Medium-carbonation, sticky mouthfeel and medium bodied.
Overall: Nice brew, aged much better than the fresh
07-23-2011 11:59:29 | More by rvdoorn
2.93/5 rDev -21.4%
Alcohol and malt nose. As always in this range of beer would be tempted to say. It feels as fruits (plums, cassis) macerated and a hint of liqueur fruits. Alcoholic mouth with hints bitter and spicy with a little bit of dried fruit. Finish hot with alcohol. The latter is still too present in the mouth and spoils the flavor.
05-28-2011 20:48:08 | More by ThaCreep
Gordon Xmas from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.