Lloyd's Christmas Ale
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Lloyd's Christmas AleLloyd's Christmas Ale
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From:
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #265
ABV:
8%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,431
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 10.7%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
9
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 19, 2021
Added:
Mar 29, 2014
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  4
SCORE
83
Good
Lloyd's Christmas AleLloyd's Christmas Ale
Notes: Inspired by one of our favorite Christmas comedies, Lloyd’s Christmas is an expectedly festive Imperial brown ale that delivers lots of enjoyment. A spicy blend of ginger, fig and special ingredients for a brew that’s sure to be the hit of your next Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottled on 10/19/21. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours an auburn color with ruby hues; small light khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. Nice color.

The aromas are malt forward. Some caramel, cocoa and toffee. Some cherries and dark fruits. Hints of wood.

The flavors basically follow the nose. Lots of chocolate leading the way. More toffee and caramel. Some raisins. More dark fruits. Mild hints of coffee in the mix. Moderate bitterness to go with a moderate sweetness. It's bittersweet. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed.

Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with soft carbonation. It's smooth and very fluffy.

This is a pretty solid brew. It has a nice traditional brown ale vibe going on, but slightly amped up. It might not scream "Christmas Ale", but it's still ultimately fitting for the holiday season. It's a nice change of pace with all of the spiced beers.
Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.11 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Jan 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by prototypic from Ohio

Jan 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Reviewed 12/24/18.
Bottom of 16 oz can stamped “Canned on 11/12/18”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Very deep reddish-brown, opaque. When held to the light, penetration occurs around the edges.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), tan, dense, average retention time, diminishing to a two to five mm ring and a partial layer.
Lacing – poor. A few small islands cling to the sides of the glass.
First pour – Medium brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.25 - Upon opening, ginger. Upon sitting, the fig begins to come through.
Flavor – 3 - Begins with a light cleaning solvent flavor. Aftertaste is weak ginger, mostly on exhaling, with a ghost of hops. No figs, no alcohol (8%), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – Doesn’t taste horrible, just doesn’t taste good. No malt detected. Less than one and done.
Dec 24, 2018
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Reviewed by orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Dark plum-cheery mahogany in color works for it. All fig aroma, honey malt--sweet and savory, not too much holiday spice. Flavor is predominantly christmas pudding--plums and twiggy figs. Some cocoa dust, hint of heat from ginger. Body is medium, and maybe the feel should be stickier; it ends up being a bit flat, and less than luscious. It's less than inspiring beer; however, it happens to be wholly reminiscent of the holidays. It draws on my good tidings of the season.
Dec 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.39 by fishguyac from Virginia

Nov 10, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance resembles Pepsi or coke cola,a lot of carbonation but still had a good feel about it. Aroma was this beers strongest character trait,figs and malt forward followed by a small amount of ginger. Taste was a little sweet but far from sickly sweet with fig coming through the most. Finish and aftertaste is where the finger comes out but not at all strong. Didn't have high expectations but this was a pretty good beer that I would get again
Dec 03, 2017
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, brown sugar, some spice. Taste is malts, ginger, a bit of hops, some sweetness at the finish. Feel medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer.
Mar 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by sanitarium16 from New Jersey

Dec 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by Nyrangersgrrl from New York

Nov 12, 2016
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

2.54/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Poured dark cloudy brown into a pint glass. Not much of a head and virtually no lacing. The smell was not bad, sweet. The beer had a flat feel. In fact, it sort of tasted like flat cola. The fig ang ginger taste was there but did not have a good beer base on which to build.
Dec 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2015
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Reviewed by utopiajane from New York

3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours clear with a crimson blush. Rusts, brick colors and a tinge from brown. Thin tan head that falls too fast to a film on top. Nose is malty with dark fruits. A ripe fruitiness on a malty rich base. Ginger is on the nose but softly and is a quirky little brightness. They also used fig and it smells a lot like a fig newton once you know to look for it. Taste is breaddy sweet and dryish. A bit of alcohol steals the last moments of the finish but it does linger with another try at the malt complexity. This was flat and would drink better with a few more bubbles. Mild and was pretty easy to drink even with that ting from alcohol.

Overall - fruity toasty sweeter because there were no bubbles. Good bitterness helps it to finish quite well and the malt is round.
Nov 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.28 by jpd026 from New York

Nov 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.52 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Nov 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by billab914 from Virginia

Nov 30, 2014
Lloyd's Christmas Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 16 ratings