J_man (780) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Licorice, butterscotch and cotton candy aromas from a slightly hazy amber body with a foamy tan head. Caramel and butterscotch sweetness hits up front followed by a toasty bready malt with a slight sour tinge around the side of the tongue. There’s some earthy, piney hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness nicely. Leaves a fairly substancial woody flavor behind with hints of the sugary caramel. Unfortunately like most of Abita’s beers, the body is just a bit too thin to support the flavor properly. Still a good Christmas beer though.
MarkSachon (703) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. 12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle on Route 8 in Pittsburgh. Red hues and a small head on the first sip. Some scents of spice and exotics. Could have been better lacking a few things common to this type.
jkwood04 (4503) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma of pale and caramel malts, some floral and citrusy hops, light spices, and light dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not a bad beer at all.
jkwalking05 (4149) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Backlog) 12 oz botle. Amber in color with a small beige head, and clear. Aroma is carmel, brown sugar, and dried fruits. Taste is watered down, caramel, and soapy.
matthewjk (966) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An altogether unremarkable, but drinkable ale. I wish I had anything else to say about this, but I don’t.
mansquito (3968) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Heavy Woods, Brooklyn tap ($6): Pours light amber with a white head. Mild amount of caramel malt, and some floral hops. Taste is similar. Lightly bitter. A wee bit sweet, but mostly forgettable.
k0mpsa (1583) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost clear reddish brown color, light brown head. Aroma is roasty, malts and spices. Quite nice taste, little roasty, spices, some hops.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Deep and dark amber, strong ruby hue, large frothy head, soft beige, fairly nice lacing. Sweaty aroma of grains and stale bread. Not all that appealing on the nose. Very grainy and mealy on the tongue. Moderate sweetness. Some biscuit notes bring up the backside. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. This one is husky, a bit rough, grainy, not all that smooth. What about this says Christmas to the folks at Abita I have no clue, as its not spicy. A grainy Amber Ale = Christmas? Oye Vay!
Campy877 (183) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Was hoping for a bunch if Christmas flavors but found a pretty average amber ale. Pours a dark chestnut color with a medium head. But then does not deliver on the taste. Disappointing.
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majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An OK ’Christmas Ale’. Though I didn’t really get ’Christmas’ out of it. To be fair they do say on the bottle, that they brew a different Dark Ale each holiday season.
This brew does pour a dark orange-copper, and is very murky, with good head retention and stippling. The smell is somewhat earthy, with some subtle hops in the background. The taste is what threw me off, as it did not hit me as ’Christmas’. It would probably be better labeled as ’Annual Dark Ale’, since it was missing the spice that I would normally associate with something labeled as a Christmas beer. Overall, a perfectly drinkable beer, but not what I was hoping for.