12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale
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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:
#9,776
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
766
pDev:
13.13%
 
 
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Photo of Mase8
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kaitjs7
4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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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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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Photo of seakayak
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

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 766 ratings