Coming from a brewing town you can imagine my delight when this crate turned up on my doorstep to review. You may recognise the company as i worked with them back in June reviewing a lovely selection of ales with my Dad for Father’s Day – something he was very happy about! Now they’re back with a giant Christmas crate full of festive ales perfect for the holidays!
Unfortunately Dad was too shy to come on camera so i had to rope in the boyfriend to join me tasting these yummy ales. As you can imagine he took a lot of convincing to do this(!) but we made it work! The result is a boozy 30 minute video trailing 6 Festive Ales in Christmas jumpers interlaced with some interesting beers facts and about 5 minutes of bloopers at the end – we had a lot of fun!
Watch our Christmas Beer Tasting on my Youtube Channel HERE! You get an extra present from Santa if you make it all the way to the end…best get yourself a festive ale and mince pie before you click play!
Not to leave dad out i gave him three ales to test out at his leisure and as always he’s given three glowing (and very professional) reviews – seriously, how adorable is he?!
Here’s what Daddy (a seasoned ale drinker) though of three very interesting beers from the Christmas crate:
Pours a rich, reddy, chestnut brown colour with a foamy head that quickly dies away. Initial mouthful is smooth and full of burnt malt flavour. The use of Whitbread hops provide a dry, bitter finish but the toasty malts linger to the very end. At 4.1% VOL, not a heavy winter beer but full of winter character. Dark, malty and bitter!
A dark amber beer with a slight chocolate orange nose and a good creamy head. Flavour is predominantly malt but the British Golding and Bramling Cross hops provide enough bitterness to cut through the malty sweetness. The ingredients mention the addition of a chocolate malt, which could put traditional beer drinkers off. Fear not, although detected in the aroma, it doesn’t really influence the flavour. At 4.4%, a very drinkable, amber, winter beer with a good balance between sweet malt and bitter hops.
A rich, coppery coloured beer with genuine Christmas aromas of spice, chocolate and tangereens! Flavour is a good even ballance of sweet, toasty malt and hoppy bitterness. There is a lot going on here, with Maris Otter, Crystal and Chocolate malts providing depth and sweetness and Challanger, Northdown, Target and Goldings hops cutting though with spicy bitterness. With an ABV of 4.5%, this sweet, spicy, hoppy ale would be equally at home with turkey or mince pies. Christmas in a bottle!
We absolutely loved filming this video and Dad very much enjoyed helping us out with his three too – a huge thank you to The Best Of British Beer from all at xameliax…Merry Christmas!
If you’d like to buy an ale lover close to you this awesome Christmassy crate you can find it on the Best Of British Beer website HERE for just £38.50!
Do you enjoy a good ale? What’s your favourite Christmas tipple?
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