500 ml bottle, from Gulating Ølutsalg, Stavanger. ABV is 4.3%. I've had clootie dumplings (the pudding, that is) the last couple Christmases, my family finds them more palatable than the traditional English Christmas puddings. But a beer tasting of clootie dumplings, hmm? Clear copper colour, moderate off-white head. Nice aroma of malts and mild Christmas spices. Flavour of malts, toffee and distinct Christmas spices, with an unexpectedly distinct and sharp hop bitterness in the finish. Might buy again for Christmas, or brew a homebrew similar to this.
£ 1.85/500 mL, best before Jun 18, from The Beer Store, Inverness, Scotland.
Served at room temperature in a pint canning jar in my hotel room.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Gold, clear, some effervescence.
Head – Large (Maximum seven cm, controlled center pour), white, low density froth, poor retention, diminishing rapidly to seven to ten mm ring and a thick, complete layer. Some tiny islands of froth remain on the inside of the glass.
Lacing – Poor. See above.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3 – Weak spice and hops.
Flavor – 3.25 - Just a bit of hop bite with some generic spiciness. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 - Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.25 – The light spice makes it more drinkable than the average U.S. winter warmer.
A nice copper coloured beer. I was expecting a smooth and more thicker beer with lots of sweetness. The sweetness is present though with hints of spices among the malt. I got scents of cinnamon or perhaps ginger. Very nice Winter warmer.
A- The color of this one is awesome....that being a red/orange rusty color....very nice! The head is of large bubbles, not very plentiful, and the head leaving a patchwork of foam clumps over the beer itself. The carbonation appears to be slow, methodical and lumbering as it rises to the top of this clear ale. There is modest lacing on this one.....enough for shapes to form on the side of my glass!
S- This smells like the holidays! Cloves, cinnamon, mulled orange zest, candied ginger sweetness and plantation sugarcane. There is also a cakey rum/raisin quality that carries straight through to the finish and it lingers gently in my nostrils.....very nice!
T- The flavors are much more subdued and the hops sure show up quick on this one, making it a clean refreshing ale. Upon a second taste, the cloves and ginger spice come into play, along with crystal malt, burnt brown sugars and orange zest hints.....the finish is quite bitter but not in an overpowering way and it's quick/clean, making me ready for the next taste!
M/O- Nice medium body and a zesty carbonation make this a nice, rather easy drinking ale with modest refreshing quality! I would enjoy this one again anytime and think it would do well during any season really.....I recommend this one and will purchase in the future!
From the look of the label, I expect something sweet and cloying.
It isn't. Oh there is sweetness there, but you get a toffee-like, caramel flavor from the malts, and some spicy notes-- maybe ginger or nutmeg?
This was very much a "winter ale", and an enjoyable one. I'd have it again for sure.
330ml bottle, day 23 of the 2016 Craft BeerAdvent calendar - this is a placeholder review, because my son's mother is a real piece of work. Be back later to update. Actually, Imma just gonna leave this here now, for posterity's sake.
This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random streaky and splotchy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of grainy and biscuity caramel malt, ginger and clove spice, a touch of earthy yeastiness, and some weak leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some clove/coriander, black pepper, and ginger spice, indistinct dark orchard fruity notes, and a further leafy, weedy, and wet grassy noble hoppiness.
The carbonation is fairly active in its trilling and piercing frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a faint airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, but very tempered by the gingerbread spiciness.
Overall, this is a decent holiday brew (wintry, yes, via the seasonal spices, but it is in no way a 'warmer', for obvious fucking reasons). I have no bloody idea what a 'Clootie Dumpling' is supposed to be either, and for once, I don't seem to care about finding out. Maybe later.
500ml Bottle from Tesco (£1.50):
Caramel amber with a thumb sized, foamy head that is a slightly off-white colour and looks quite thick with good retention and little initial movement.
Malty with some biscuit and earthy hints coming through along with some caramel and background spice. There is some bitterness too and touches of fruit and sugar as well.
Earthy malts and caramel to begin with, followed up by plenty of bitterness and a few light fruits not nothing too noticeable on the front. There is some grain and a touch of spice.
Light-medium bodied, fairly smooth with only a touch of grain but it was a little bland, almost watery in places which was a bit of a disappointment. Carbonation falls somewhere around medium and the finish is a dry, bitter one.
Not a bad beer really and a bit of an improvement on some of the Christmas beers I picked up last year but sadly this one still wasn't really all the memorable in its own right. Just an average beer.
Two hand-pulled pints in my local Wetherspoons on 7th Dec 2012.
Found this strange tasting so had a second pint to ensure I'd got it everything correct in my notes.
Amber body with a creamy textured off-white head: the head produced some good lacing on both pints, so the beer was in fine condition.
The nose and taste went something like this: baked Mince Pies laced with cinnamon and cloves, now crumble a ginger nut biscuit over the top and re-bake the Pies. Once you've taken the over cooked Mince Pies out the oven add more cinnamon and a hop leaf or two before soaking in a bucket of alcohol. Put into casks and send to Wetherspoons.