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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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748 Ratings
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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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber Brown (18) pour with off white, almost beige head; little cap retention and lace; excellent clarity. Bready, caramel malt nose with a suggestion of cinnamon. Flavors of lite spice and slightly sweet caramel malt with a touch of honey. Moderate carbonation and medium lite mouthfeel. Overall well balanced between lite spice and malt linger.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a kinda thin head that goes down quickly, no lacing. Scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bristle through. Tastes very much as to what it smells like. Very pleasant and easy drinking with nice spices. Not a beer you can guzzle, but nice to have one around the fireplace. Deceptively strong, beware and be careful. True to the style of this spicey beer.

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Photo of toppoop
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Wrigfen
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ddedhed
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of nhirsch04
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Even with some time on it, this beer delivers on holiday cheers. Honey amber in color. Not much of a head. No lacing either. The smell is honey caramel swee in the forefront on a background of ginger. The taste is the opposite. Ginger is the first thing to hit your taste buds, followed by a mix of honey and cinnamon. The feel is creamy at the finish clings to your tongue. One of the better Christmas / winter warmers out there.

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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

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head on this beer is one finger thick and eggshell brown, with lateral lacing, and a nearly opaque dark brown body.

Smells like toasted malts with honey, ginger, and cinnamon.

I taste a rich, yet smooth version of the scent. The spices are just enough, and not fake-tasting.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give 12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company a rating of a 4.5. A staple seasonal in Northeastern Ohio, pick it up if you already haven't. Yet another beer I've had time and again and, for whatever reason, haven't reviewed yet.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark brownish red with a silky cream colored head. Each drink leaves a speckled streak of foam on the glass.

S. Big spice characteristics: predominantly nutmeg which trumps the cinnamon. Malts, vanilla, chocolate.

T. Smooth and malty followed by a huge taste of nutmeg and cleans up with a warming touch of alcohol.

O. Great for the style. I was a little put off by the overpowering nutmeg flavor, but overall this is solid.

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

Photo of frlrv1020
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of kegger22
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Dogs is a clear red/brown with a modest head that dissipates pretty rapidly. The aroma is dominated by ginger and cinnamon, it made me want to sneeze. The taste is heavily spiced with some malt sweetness thrown in. I don't get any hops at all. The feel is medium bodied with mild carbonation, and drinkability is OK.

The right amount of spice can really add to the taste experience, but over spicing may often detract. IMO, the 12 Dogs of Christmas is over spiced.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 748 ratings
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