BoostIPA (1050) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber with little head. Aromas of (believe it or not), citrus hops, caramel and cookie dough. Taste is bready caramel with a nice dash of bittering hops. Finish is bitter and semi-dry with a generous amount of hops. This is way better than I expected.
ajnepple (1437) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Amber and pretty clear with a tan head. Toasted malts, caramel, nuts, earthy, toffee, light bitter hops. Medium body, a little thin, with a smooth crisp finish.
Imaena (1689) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. This is a pretty boring amber ale without much really going on. I would give it a miss.
BrewDad (4582) - Olympia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber in color, rich thick malts Nice aroma and terrific finish. Light with the spices this is a easy drinking amber ale.
Hkrivera (62) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - NOV 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Excellent winter ale beer. Very spicy, strong flavor, it will take out the cold out of the winter. The maltiness is predominant, it will cheer your Xmas!!
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markducommun (65) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly spicy aroma, bitter taste, slightly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol ha some presence. Meh.
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Vestlake (82) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Color is dark amber with no head by the time I got the glass. Taste and aroma are a mix of hop and malt with too much hop in the taste for a Christmas ale in my opinion.
Chudwick (1701) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle (best by 3/7/14) - pours dark amber with ivory head and decent lacing. Nose is pine with hints of caramel. Sip adds roast, some spice and tree sap. I like it as Christmas ale, but not so much as an Amber. Better than I expected, per the reviews I read.
dlihcsnatas (216) - Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 *2012* I have got to quit taking a chance on this brewery. As with most everything they put out it has that dirt flavor to it. Not sure if that is from the water in thier area but everything they do has that muddy water taste. Other than that this one has an odd taste of something like licorish that just doesn’t do it for me. Yet another big fail from Abita. -This is what I said last year- ..... Now for this year! OK forgot how bad this one was last year. Rated it as a 1 last year but by my mistake saw a sampler sitting there and grabbed it not looking over my notes. I think I was too much into the christmas spirit last year to call it a 1 because this is among the most awful tasting mess. Did the brewer scorch the batch? Did someone forget that clean water is a must? Why does this taste like burnt bread?
NASTY! that is all I can say about it. Got to remember never buy Abita.
sonnycheeba (2927) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours deep brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is heavy grain, fig, raisin, some spice, and floral hops. Flavor is predominantly bready malts with some grassy hop bitterness and faint dark fruit notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.