Pistonhead Christmas Carol
Spendrups Bryggeri AB

Pistonhead Christmas CarolPistonhead Christmas Carol
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Spendrups Bryggeri AB
Munich Dunkel
3.31 | pDev: 14.8%
Jan 24, 2018
Dec 21, 2012
Pistonhead Christmas CarolPistonhead Christmas Carol
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Rated: 3.94 by Beer_Rabbit66 from England

Jan 24, 2018
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can. Very dark auburn. Initial frothy head settles to a thin wispy layer.
Heavy malt aroma. Some smoke and dark marmelade.
Tastes of toasted rye bread. Initial sweetness finished by a rather harsh ashen bitterness.
Zingy carbonation with a moderate body.
The roast bitter finish spoils this beer.
Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden

Jan 01, 2018
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A 330ml can with a BB of Oct 2018. Acquired recently from Morrisons. The label calls it a holiday dark lager with notes of burned malt and citrus (?). Hopped with Saaz and Cascade.

A: Poured into a tulip. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass; low carbonation is revealed when held to the light. Produces a huge head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a while before slowly subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of dark malt with hints of roasted grain, mild fruitiness, a touch of molasses, earthy yeast and subtle leafiness. Not much in the way of aroma hops. Decent.

T: Tastes of dark malt with notes of roasted grain, subtle molasses, a hint of fruitiness, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. Slightly sweet, followed by a moderate malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker for the style. Aftertaste of roasted grain, subtle coffee, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves.

O: Not too shabby - more character than the average lager (and better than some Christmas beers). Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are a reasonable blend of dark malt, earthy yeast and faint hops. Body is OK. The label mentions hop aroma that I'm not detecting in this beer, but that doesn't surprise me. A drinkable winter brew that is worth sampling.
Dec 27, 2017
Rated: 3.57 by hasse67 from Sweden

Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 3.64 by Saksis from Norway

Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 3 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 21, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Jah_Json from Sweden

Feb 11, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by TheBrk from Sweden

Nov 16, 2013
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The colour is deep brown-red (70 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is pale brown, it sinks slowly into a thick uneven lid, leaving no lacing.

The smell is dry and roasted with just a hint of sour malt and spices. Chocolate and nuts. It reminds a lot of an English porter.

The taste is caramelised, somewhat spicy and bitter. Dried fruits and flowers, dark chocolate, tart cherries and a touch of salt liquorice. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is malty, but not very sweet. Clean bitter notes, some flowers and a hint of lemon peels. Chocolate and a crisp mild bitterness in the finish.

The liquid is mid-smooth, the carbonation mild to medium. The fresh bubbles are small.

I liked this beer, it is just like a blend of a M√ľnchen Dunkel and an English Porter.
Jan 08, 2013
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Reviewed by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

2.57/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5
A: The color is dark brown with rich red hues. The compact brown head is thick and full. Dissipation is rather slow and leaves nice lacings.

S: Not very strong-smelling. Roasted dark malts, somewhat sweet. Some mild bitterhops lures in the back. Besides that - not much else is going on.

T: A bit sour actually. Heavy roasted, almost a bit smoked, dark malts. Rather non-sweet. Bitter hops and some soy-sauce. Some christmasy spices, cardamom and cinamon, but mild.

M: A harsh bitterness lingers, quite offensive. Body is medium and smooth while carbonation is rather mild. But I can't get passed the harsh aftertaste...

O: Rather unbalanced. I'm not sure what they were going for, but I hope for their sake that it was a dark macrolager with a mild christmasy wibe.
Dec 21, 2012
Pistonhead Christmas Carol from Spendrups Bryggeri AB
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 11 ratings