12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

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

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of BigD1972
1.72/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just like the Harpoon Winter Warmer,..this Beer is awful!!! It's like drinking a liquid Christmas tree. The piney taste and over spiced taste makes this brew hard to swallow. The smell is actualy not that bad but, it is the calm before the storm. Not impressed at all.

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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2.12/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of 2x10
2.21/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

smells like carrot juice with minimal spice on the nose.

Has a strong honey feel on the tongue. strange. aftertaste is thick and sweet with a hint of mixed spices, but none highlighted.

Not a favorite in our camp. didnt taste any spices, just hops and honey. Honey overpowers every spice and flavor. Tasted to us like a typical i.p.a. with ALOT of honey. disappointed

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Photo of Mitchster
2.28/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.19 for a 12 oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. 21.5 IBUs, OG=18.5P. 8.3% ABV.

Filtered, pours out to a clear chestnut, forming a limpid off yellow head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma opens with some subtle biscuit malt and toast, then is followed by an overwhelming spice note...mostly cinnamon and ginger. The mouthfeel is clean with a medium body. Taste is potent with spices, too much for my tastes. I like the more balanced examples of the style, like Great Lakes BC. This is way over the top. Bitterness is mild. Not much more to comment on here. If you like strongly spiced beers, you'll probably like this. I don't.

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2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

After extensive searching I was surprised this one wasn't here on BA, so it's time to add my first beer. This spiced Ale pours to a medium head that dissipates to a slight foam ring around the edge of the bottle. No lacing appears on the glass and the color of the beer can only be described as Klingon Blood Wine Red. A decently spiced taste with an overwhelming syrupy thickness. The syrup taste is way distracting and comes across as bad honey/maple syrup. This is followed up by the ginger. The cinnamon and nutmeg hit as an aftertaste and the nutmeg grabs you at the back of the throat which comes off as a bitterness which isn't quite pleasant. Really a middle of the road beer that can be slightly enjoyed for a pint but after that it's a bit tough. I definitely recommend drinking it out of a tulip glass because it softens the spices slightly.

~Jonathan Passow

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2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.33/5  rDev -41.2%

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

Photo of johng
2.47/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.58/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean amber color with a small off white head. In the aroma, sweet and spicy, with a few honey like notes. In the taste, spicy, cinnamon primarily, and some hints of clove like honey. A spice bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry cinnamon in the aftertaste. Kind of average, big cinnamon, hints of honey, but it does hide the alcohol.

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Photo of Innocentexile
2.61/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from 12 oz.

A-hazy red/brown color. absolutely zero head. laces a little bit though

S-subtle scent of spices and cinnamon. not very impressive though. i was "searching" for a scent. it's there, its just not flamboyant

T-weird. I got an alcohol taste with very slight spices and ginger. not really appealing to me. I really have a hard time tasting the "christmas" in this ale. maybe its just a bad bottle

O-not at all what I was expecting. not very good to me. again, maybe just a bad bottle. I'll need a fresh one. but thats hard since they dont date the bottles

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Starts off ok then has a bitter after taste! Won't get again.

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Photo of sjohansen
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 Dogs pours a pretty clear amber; almost copper in color. There is very little head from a pretty rough pour, and what was there disappeared quickly. No visible rising bubbles.

The nose is off. It smells like a wild field. I don't want to say salad, because it's not the standard DMS, but there is a leafy green scent. It sweetens up to a Splenda like sweetener as it warms.

Hops come to the forefront (herbal bitterness,) but get smashed in the aftertaste by sweet caramel. The caramel turns to honey as it warms. Has a syrupy aftertaste, slightly cloying.

Medium bodied, smooth, slick.

It was ok. Winter beers have to come with something special, especially because of what's available. This one didn't cut it. As a side note... for as sweet as it was, I really wish there was more to the nose.

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2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a relatively clear, darker shade of amber with minimal head. Not much lacing to mention. Smells VERY strongly of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Smells of relatively nothing but holiday-like spices, and very strongly. Taste is much the same...strong nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, subtle hop spice...malty. Decent carbonation, medium bodied. Very sweet and spicy. One bottle is enough. Not totaly impressed.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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