Advent Ale | Hog's Back Brewery

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Advent AleAdvent Ale

Brewed by:
Hog's Back Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by fullsweep on 01-10-2011

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Eramen:
Photo of Eramen
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark-chestnut in colour, slight head, looks a bit like cola only a shade or two lighter.

S - Brew malts, buttery toffee, mixed fruits.

T - The same as the nose except more cultivated and pronounced. There is also a sticky dried fruit, raisins, dates, and the like, sweet fruit cake, liquorice, a little cocoa and dark chocolate. It really does taste like a Christmas day desert!

MF - Medium body, with low to mid carbonation, makes for easy drinking.

D - A very decent 'dark festive ale', I wouldn't mind having one every day of Advent :)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MrKennedy
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Thanks to bluebetty for organising the order through Cellarbrations Carlisle. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

When pouring it looked thin. Light penetrating, but some streaks of darkness. In the glass it is a quite dark colour, not brown, darker than that, but not black. Short lasting, small, head of off-white foam.

Smells fruity, some citrus along with sweet British malt. Basic, different and nice...what you want in a winter warmer, except maybe the basic bit. More spice wouldn't hurt.

Taste has a good deal of chocolate, along with sweet malt. Despite these two shining and not a lot of spice to counteract it, it isn't over the top or cloying. Seems to really work.

For 4.4% ABV, the body is big enough. The feel is beautiful. Very smooth and consistent. No booze, not a lot of bitterness, not that this was sought or expected. I really do seem to like the darker beers out of this Surrey brewery.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle poured into a UK pint sleeve on 13th Dec 13 (at home).

Dark ruby red body, with a thin wisp and collar.

Malts all the way in the aroma and taste: mid-roasted and semi-sweet candy peel fruits being the smells and flavours I got.

Liquorice arrives late, as the beer warms in the glass: I also found some woody notes, nutty hints and treacle esters within the warming glass. I might have over cooled the bottle because it became more interesting and diverse in flavour as it moved towards room temp.

Pleasant and enjoyable.

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Photo of steverx8
3.76/5  rDev +3%

Photo of fullsweep
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL brown/black bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: dark brown in color with hints of ruby red; thin beige head; clarity in the glass, not cloudy, not black like a stout.

S: nutty and some mild sweetness, very appetizing

T: this is where the surprise came in--I was expecting fruity flavours (dark and/or dried/ripe fruits) but instead found the nuts hinted at in the scent plus a bit of liquorice and other spices--surprising but in a nice way

M: nice and mellow with a rich mouthfeel

D: would definitely drink again--very suited for a winter ale

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Photo of wl0307
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 09/2011, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark reddish brown colour, coming with light fizziness and fast-dissipating tan foamy head.
S: the aroma is full of Chinese dried red dates, raisins/dried berries, with milder citric hints, on top of a deeper aroma of chocolaty malts, molasses and melted black sugar. While it is quite refreshing, the fruitiness seems to overpower at the expense of an overall balance on the nose.
T: the foretaste is very light in texture, featuring chocolaty & treacle-ish maltiness in the middle, coated with much milder (than on the nose) dark stone-fruits (esp. prunes + sour dates), old wood sprigs, powdered root herbs, licorice candy and melted black sugar. The finish continues to be sour-ish, with very restrained notes of hop flavour and hop bitterness lagging behind.
M&D: faintly carbonated (actually not very refreshing, due to the BB date approaching I guess) against a rather light body, but the overall balance seems to hold ok. The flavour profile simply is overly sour-fruity for my taste. It might taste better on cask, or in a fresher bottle. But this encounter of mine is not that encouraging.

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Advent Ale from Hog's Back Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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