Pistonhead Christmas Carol
Spendrups Bryggeri AB

Pistonhead Christmas CarolPistonhead Christmas Carol
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Style:
Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #167
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
80
Ranked #39,626
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 14.71%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
11
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Winter
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SCORE
80
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Pistonhead Christmas CarolPistonhead Christmas Carol
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 11
Photo of vinicole
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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 München Dunkel and an English Porter.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.57/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Pistonhead Christmas Carol from Spendrups Bryggeri AB
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 11 ratings