Sunday, 14 December 2014

Twelve Beers of Christmas 2014: eight and nine

Santa Paws
Tasting Notes said:  Santa Paws is a 4.5% decadent scotch ale brewed with Scottish heather honey; a robust malty beer packed with ­flavour and at a strength you can drink all (Christmas) day long.
This baby scotch ale is perfect with Christmas pudding or whilst playing Pictionary with your gran. This is our antidote to the chaos of the upcoming festive season. Raise a glass of this Christmas beer, share it with friends, family and strangers, and sit back and enjoy the view as the world descends into a fairy light fuelled frenzy.
Dee said:  Lovely dark copper colour with a beige coloured head.  Rich woody aroma and strong bitter taste up front that gives way to a slightly sweeter, almost caramel-like finish.  Not particularly Christmassy but a great drink nonetheless.
Jay said:  A nice beer, I enjoyed it, but didn’t get a lot of Christmas from it.

Bad Elf
Tasting Notes said:  ‘Tis a heavy hand what adds the hops to this festive amber ale.  Truth be told, there’s near to three ppounds of fresh hops goes in every barrel of this treasured brew.  And it’s conditioned right in the bottle, so please pour gently into your best flagon, leaving that wee bit of natural yeast behind.
Dee said:  Bitter bitter bitter.  A clear golden colour concealing a strong taste.  There wasn’t any Christmas spiciness to it but it was a slow grower.  Not sure if I’d seek out another bottle of it but I would happily order a pint of it if it was being offered at the local pub.

Jay said:  Good drink, not getting the Christmas.

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