12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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87
very good
741 Ratings
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
Ratings:
741
Reviews:
192
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
13.4%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
178
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant aroma, some dissipitating white cloudy head on cloudy yellow body.Mouthfeel is a tad above average, although tingling from carbonation though it was not apparent or obtrusive. Honey and some spices, nothing too much. Spice and lagerish taste really.Pleasant.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

an excellent and very original beer here from thirsty dog, i am really enjoying this one right now. its definitely a little something different, despite the seemingly common winter warmer ingredient list with honey and ginger and cinnamon and nutmeg. first thing to notice here is the appearance, in one light its red like a red wine, in another its barely past copper, more orange, with a warming haze and one of the best heads ive seen on a beer all year so far. its foamy and frothing and big, tan, textured like homemade whipped cream, and permanent, not fading even a little, and staying creaming and puffy and satisfying with each sip. it leads to an amazing mouthfeel, its well built and an awesome but all too uncommon feature in this style. really stands out to me. in the nose, the ginger stands far above the other ingredients here, spicy and fresh, intense for sure. that could be a product of age, as this has been in my fridge a few months now, and some of the other spaces may have faded quicker. whats true in the nose is also true in the taste, ginger and honey up front with a deep and sweet malt bill, and no trace at all of its alcohol strength. it might be that we are past the season now and i havent had one in awhile, but this stands out to me as one of my favorite winter warmer/holiday beers of the year. really really good work on this one from thirsty dog, and i will be seeking it out again next year for sure. ginger burps for miles...

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking orange red color with a nice looking white head on top. The retention and lacing were both very nice on this beer. The smell of the beer is slightly sweet with a subtle spicy note on the nose as well as a faint orange zest aroma too. The taste of the beer as a nice sweet honey flavor upfront that settles into a nice citrusy spicy warming flavor. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and a little oily, a decent carbonation and it's sticky and finished dry. Overall I though it was a really good brew actually.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass and a few patches of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of ginger and cinnamon are present in the nose along with notes of nutmeg.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the nutmeg flavors are stronger, topping the ginger. There are only hints of cinnamon spices. Although no bitterness is present, the hops help keep the malts in check and prevent any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming is noticeable.
O: This beer seems to be a little easier to drink compared to other beers in the style as it doesn't have a full body and there aren't any warming sensations in the mouthfeel. This is a nice holiday beverage if you like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer holds pretty true to Christmas-ey beers. It's just good to see a new beer from the brewery.

Dense aroma of molassas, caramelized malts, dark (fruit cake) fruits, and a hearty dosing of cinamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and corriander. Throw in some piney hops and we have a beer that rides the fence of complex vs. muddled.

Dark brown with some burgundy highlights. A clean, clear appearance with outstanding head formation and retention. Light tan laces on the glass- an inviting look.

Flavors get back on track with the nose- malty rich and molassas up front with a lot of sweetness (unresolved malts and sugars). Piney, grassy hops quickly rise to balance (doesn't quite achive it). Additional spices (see nose) thrown in to decorate the taste. The spices seem to scatter the beer too much.

Full, rich, and sweet body fits for the Winter season. Bitterness is primarily acheived with the hops but compounded by the spices (nearly astringent). Finishes quite sweet and with a lot of residual sugars on the mouth.

Sounds a bit harsh, but most Winter Warmers fall into this overly-sweet, artificially-spiced catagories. The beer is par of the course and delightful when in the mood for heavy sweetness and varying spices.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Pry-off crown cap. 355ml format. Cost was $2.99 at Whole Paycheck in NYC.

"Ale brewed with honey & spices." "filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg." 21.5 IBUs. O.G. = 18.5 Plato. 8.30% ABV.

Aroma brings chestnuts, amber malts, cherry puree, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, ginger snaps, and toast. Some brown sugar would liven this up. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Slightly toasty amber malt backbone. Caramel. Faint spicy notes - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, maybe cardamom. On the sweeter side but not cloying, though there's no hop presence really. A middling build that hides its ABV well but lacks the depth and complexity of flavour to really impress.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly sticky, a biteen syrupy, unrefreshing. Well-carbonated. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Drinkable and approachable, with a well-hidden ABV. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer much in terms of vivid or expressive constituent notes, and it isn't a beer I'd want a 4 pack of (even only once a year). I adore a few Thirsty Dog beers I've tried; this isn't one of them, but it's far from a bad beer.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, Winter 2012 bottling. Pours lightly hazy red-orange amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with nice retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big honey, caramel, ginger, raisin, nutmeg, cinnamon, toast, light clove, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, ginger, honey, raisin, apple, cinnamon, nuttiness, and light herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, honey, ginger, cinnamon, raisin, apple, and nuttiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt/spice flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming present on the finish. Overall this is an excellent winter warmer. Nicely balanced and robust flavors with good complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected; this is definitely the better offering vs the GL version.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle consumed at our Christmas in July tasting this past weekend. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a dark amber-bronze color with a pretty good white head and a nice collar throughout. Some spotty lacing. The nose brings some light cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor has the cinnamon and nutmeg as well, but with the addition of a good amount of pine. Medium body and a really dry finish. Decent enough, but not something I'd go back to.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny brown with a tinge of amber,a thinner slight off white head atop.Aromas of nutmeg,mace,allspice,and some honey makes for a very spiced brew.I like the warming spiced notes on the palate,candied ginger and nutmeg notes stand out most along with a sweet honey-like finish.The sweetness is big but for me it never gets overly sticky.Solid.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Feel: medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. A tiny bite on the tongue, presumably from the 8.3% alcohol. Pleasant, spicy aroma but it suggests that there may be too much spicing in the flavor. Tasting confirms this, with the blame largely on nutmeg. Some medium and dark malt with a hint of toffee does show behind the spicing.

O: a good winter seasonal, but a bit too much nutmeg for me. Improved a little with warming.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, garnet-hued body with a thin, quickly dissipating, off-white head.

Smell: A blast of blended spices hit the nose first, smelling of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Sure, there's some caramel malts, a touch of toast, and a coating of honey, but the aroma is chiefly dominated by spice.

Taste: As there was a Yuletide aroma, there's a Yuletide taste to follow. Toasted breads and sweet flourishes of caramel and honey dogged by a pungent blend of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg foremost, with a secondary snap of ginger. Touch of bitterness added onto by the generous spice addition. Spice-coated, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely). Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Woof. One to try, provided you're a fan of the spiced brews, though of the spice beers I encountered this winter, I still think Lakefront's Holiday Spice Lager Beer, much to my surprise, was my favorite.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ferric oxide orange with a hint of brick red, crystalline clarity and very few visible bubbles. That hasn't stopped the creation of a thick chunk of ecru colored froth. The head doesn't have a great deal of character, but it's decent where glass decoration is concerned.

The nose is typical for a spiced winter warmer. Cinnamon is dominant, followed by nutmeg. I'm not sure that I could have idenfied the ginger and honey on smell alone. All in all, the aroma is balanced and good enough to make me want to upend the glass without further delay.

12 Dogs drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest. That probably has more to do with the mouthfeel than the flavor. My first impression is that this is a fairly well-crafted example of the style that gets the spice load just about right... if you like spiced beer.

Ginger is now appreciated and is almost as prominent as cinnamon and nutmeg. The honey (and some caramel malt) adds a background sweetness that smooths things out and keeps the spices from being palate fatiguing. Still, a single bottle in one sitting should be more than enough. Well-buried alcohol is a plus.

Although it does fill out a bit with warming, the mouthfeel isn't up to the task, especially considering the style and the ABV. I have no complaints about the laid back carbonation.

Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale isn't as good as Great Lakes Christmas Ale, but it's a pretty good effort all the same. If I still lived in the Buckeye State, I'd probably buy a sixer of this and two sixers of GL's version every December. Definitely worth a look.

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Photo of smithj4
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Hazed tawny hue, find bubbling up top with some clinging action going on. Honey, candied fruit and ginger all up in the nose with cinnamon and nutmeg on the sideline. No choice but smoothness with the modest level of carbonation given. Spicy with dry cocoa-like maltiness, hint of molasses, residual honey ... ginger is not as strong in the taste and lets the other spices play. The alcohol chimes in late in the game but slowly makes up for time lost with a slow but growing warmth. The nutmeg and hops provide a nice barrier of bitterness to hold back any sweetness that tries to push forward too much. Finishes with a mild dark sugar note, lingering spices and toasty malt.

A pretty damn amazing Winter Warmer ... impressive is the first word that comes to mind. Complex yet dangerously drinkable as well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

red brown with a big cream colored head, that was thick and long lasting. Smelled deeply of malt and spices, nutmeg and almost a cinnamon. Taste was a little thin. The spiceness was definatly there and actually felt a bit warm going down. Great mouthfeel as the carbonation was pretty much perfect. Very very drinkable,

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Photo of mdfb79
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Got this a couple months ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with one to two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, honey, dark fruits, wheat, bready malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

t - Tastes of spices , pepper, coriander, bready malts, wheat, fruits, dough , gingerbread, and light cinnamon. Too much spice for me, a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent nose but way too much spice going on in the taste for me. Not my favorite holiday beer.

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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