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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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3.96/5
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746 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
Ranking:
#4,998
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
746
pDev:
13.13%
Bros Score:
4.14
 
 
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Photo of MrsSpills
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ChrisCharles
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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 Chackman151
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tyauch3
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber-brown with one finger head that dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel, nuts, and tons of spices. Very smooth on the palate and leaves you with an aftertaste of toasted malts and spice. Very smooth, and does not taste like what was anticipated with 8.3% ABV. It is also important to note that this beer does not have the "artificial flavor" that comes with some holiday beers. Overall it is a nice holiday beer with great spice.

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Photo of Leoherrmann9
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of JCarson410
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTitan13
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of eskildow
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a cloudy amber colour that is really quite attractive. A spicy smell, particularly clove, cinnamon, and perhaps some cardamom. The flavour is festive, of clove and juniper, quite astringent. Bitter aftertaste with pumpkin spice notes.

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

At least six months old.

Aroma is dominated by nutmeg and ginger, with some brown sugar sweetness and cinnamon rounding out the profile. Ginger is a bit strong, but nutmeg and caramel malts balance.

Flavor reveals that honey floral sweetness throughout, with a toasted, lightly bitter, toffee finish. Ginger lingers, but the nutmeg counters well, preventing it from overwhelming. Cinnamon is present, but not overly so. Nice spice balance, with a good amount of malt support and bitterness. Still not a Christmas beer fan, but one of the better of the style.

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

Photo of jkonte
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pittbeermur
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of khargro2
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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 MikeWard
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a half pint glass.

looks pretty good, amber brown body with a small off white head. the head persists, but leaves little lacing.

aroma is very nice indeed, all the christmas spices, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, dried fruit, etc.

taste is not as strong as the aroma, and that's probably a good thing. mouth is a tad below medium.

overall, an interesting beer, can imagine this would be pretty good on Christmas morning in front of a roaring fire.

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Photo of BeerTest
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of m_hall
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint. A slightly hazy tea-colored ale, topped by a two-fingers tan head. Light, spotty lacing.

The noise on this beer is spectacular... sweet malts, molasses, heavily ornamented with spices. Ginger and nutmeg especially stand out. If you had a pine tree around this would be Christmas in your nose.

Those spices on the nose continue on into the taste... molasses and a biscuit-like malt character serve
to support the very up-front spice (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg), leading into toasted nutty notes and dried stone fruits in the mid-palate. The finish is slightly sweet and spicy but dries quickly (possibly from the addition of honey.) Hops are almost imperceptible, mostly masked by the spices...Alcohol warmth is subtle and pleasant.

Mouth-feel is smooth and silky, with light carbonation. This is a pretty big beer, but also a gentle one, very drinkable. I could certainly see the 8.3% alcohol sneaking up on someone.

This was provided to me by a friend, who told me it was the best Christmas ale he'd ever tried, and I'm fully prepared to second that feeling. It's definitely a seasonal-specific sort of taste, but with the spices and the toasted nutty malts, it really is like bottled Christmas. When Santa stops by next year I'd much appreciate him leaving a few of these under the tree.

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Photo of Kyle_Padre_Knell
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good complex seasonal, not too sweet, not too strong. Excellent.

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 746 ratings
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