12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer's name sums up the idea of bringing the best together to celebrate. It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. We feel it is the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.

Added by imaguitargod on 11-18-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,403
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
763
pDev:
13.13%
 
 
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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. A 2016 bottle, had 5/6/18.

Pours a lightly cloudy reddish amber, with a half inch foamy head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of caramel, spices- notably cinnamon and nutmeg, raisins, figs, some malt, light orange peel. The taste is malt, cinnamon, other spices, raisins, light figs, lighter caramel than the nose, some honey as it warms. There’s a bitterness midway through the finish, not the good kind. Mostly smooth, a decent medium body, well carbonated.

Thought I’d reviewed this already, and this is the last of a six pack. Pretty much how I remember the other five, maybe better. Not a bad beer, there’s just not much depth to it, nothing that teases you or reaches out. It’s less malty than many for the style, maybe that’s what I’m missing.

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Photo of entenduintransit
2.42/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of runningBear
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Each year we have a family (Son, daughter, father) taste test between this and Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Usually, Thirsty Dog edges out Great Lakes, but this year the Dog had just a bit too much cinnamon, so the trophy went to Great Lakes.

I had the beer store order 20 cases of Great Lakes and 10 cases of the Dog. Just finishing up the last of them, now.

Between the two, my all time favorite beer(s). Started when I worked in a brewery at 19 and have been sampling ever since.

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Photo of themayorkoch
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmac99
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Neuray
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love it. The nutmeg feels so warm and delicious in the winter!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had very little head that was mainly just on the outer ring of glass.
In the nose you can pick up nutmeg but other than that it's minimal.
In the taste the nutmeg comes through the strongest and the honey is slight. It's more like an added sweetness than it is actual honey.
The feel is what I like most about this brew. Something that is thick enough and warm enough to enjoy in the winter but not too crazy if you're not wanting something heavy. It's a good feel for the style.
Overall, this beer was just kind of alright to me. It wasn't bad by any means. It just wasn't my favorite that I've had of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of payhota
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Professor_X
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatrickCT
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dogeez
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good Christmas ale. Not too heavy or light. Good for the masses at Christmas.

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Photo of AColtonOfBeer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainHate
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dudd
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TonyLema1
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep amber, thin head, some lacing
S: malt and spice
T: honey, spices, caramel malt
F: upfront mouthfeel, spicy finish
O: my favorite winter beer by far

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Photo of Amalak
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trboley
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joshhug141
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Tracy for sending! Two bottles, one was poured into a snifter and the other was poured into a pint glass. There wasn’t any difference between the two glasses. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell had a wonderful sweet honey up front and as it warmed there’s a nice spicy ginger with a light cinnamon. Light vanilla comes in from behind to balance. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined them with a nice allocation of nutmeg. Light caramel comes out in the taste as well. The aftertaste was light and semi - sweet through the honey that ends up leading to a sticky sweet honey finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but still was good for the most part. There’s a nice smooth honey rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a wonderful Winter Warmer that provides a nice session and could go well with it’s respected foods.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of r-m-kaylor
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 Edition, poured into oversized Bordeaux red wine glass a clear tawny color with modest head which diminished to a thin ring and interesting lacing pattern. Christmas spices on the nose - much like the label reads - Medium mouth-feel up front and middle which closely follows the nose - on the back, palate cleansing bitterness - NICE!

Solid!

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 763 ratings