I have only had three Christmas beers so far this year and I am not sure I really liked any of them, but it is still early. I am hopeful I will find some good ones when I am in York next week.
Shepherd Neame, Christmas Ale from England
7.0%, amber with a good head, chocolate hop aroma, the taste is fruity plumb, I think it is slightly to bitter for a Christmas Ale, I usually like the Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale a lot more than this. Having read my notes on the 2009 version, it was better as it warmed slightly, so maybe I should give it another go.
Oxfordshire Ales, Uncle Scrooge from England
4.5% amber colour with a thin head, malt aroma, bitter caramel taste, not bad at all, but nothing different from any other bitter.
Arcobräu, Winterbier from Germany
5.5% gold colour with a good head, not much aroma, sweet and fizzy not very wintry at all, I think a winter beer should be warming this wasn't. I did try another bottle and it was just the same, shame as their wheat beer is very nice.