Why is there no Boxing Day beer? No songs, no traditions and not one beer. It's like Boxing Day is a dirty little secret in the world of holidays. It needs to assert itself and could start with demanding its own beer. This 9% one could be one but I am not sure what to believe about Ridgeway, it's only website being by its US importer. Does it have what it takes? Maybe not as Stonch says they only appear to be export bound and, odder still, quaffale.org says:
...this organisation does not own a brewery but contract brew, primarily bottled, beers for other breweries on other peoples plants...I guess I am thinking that while Boxing Day is not much of its own holiday at least it is, you know, real.
Yet this beer itself is real...in the sense there is a bottle and cap and fluid within, as am I in the Johnsonian sense of stone and foot. It pours a bright orange amber with a quickly disappearing head leaving the thinnest of white rims. For a beer this big, the body is fairly light and gives off aromas of marmalade and Irn Bru. And, while there is some malt in the mouth, I mainly get twig hop, boozy heat and candied marmalade with a finish of Irn Bru and Angostura. On the one hand nothing unbalanced or unpleasant in the mouth (especially if you like Irn Bru) but, on the other nothing telling me that this is the brew to resuscitate this day after Christmas.
The new and sensible BAer system of ranking gives this one a C+. I cannot disagree.