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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
As befits any Christmas present, each years offering is a unique product crafted with special care. Generally, this beer is a dark ale, however, the recipe changes each year. Available November thru December.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
12 oz. 2004 bottling pours a clear amber hue with an off white head. Nice malty, yeasty sweet bread smell. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Has a tasty sweet malt and grain flavor, mildly hopped .Finishes slightly bitter. A very smooth, easy drinking brew.Dec 2004

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
Clear copper amber, modest white head with poor retention. Caramel aroma. Caramel flavour, a little nutty, a little hoppy (earthy leaves). I brought a couple of these back with me to have during the holidays. Where’s the Christmas in this?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
Light cocoa powder, grassy faint citrus hops and perhaps a light sweet spiciness in the nose. Clear amber brown coloured body sports a quickly receding off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass. Nutty and toasty malts with herbal hops, light spices and perhaps a touch of fruit character. Dry body with somewhat low carbonation. Somehow this isn’t the celebration I was expecting from Christmas in the Big Easy. Bottle sampled with Beershine and Oakes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
swanmann (684) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle poured rich toasty chestnut brown with about an inch of slow dissipating tan head. Aroma of caramelized roasted malts. I get toffee flavor with mild bitter dry finish. A bit thin but tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popephred (264) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2007
(2007 Season) Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Produced a slightly cloudy amber body with a small off-white head which quickly diminished to a white ring. A light, but not unpleasant nose with notes of chocolate and hops. This ale has a light bitterness with fairly decent mouthfeel (medium body and carbonation). This seems to be a fairly well balanced ale with good hops and heavily toasted coffee notes at the end, though it is somewhat overpowered by the carbonation. This ale seemed to improve as the it warmed which brought out it’s character. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Found this one at Binny’s in St. Charles, Illinois. Nice ruby red, clear pour with a medium tan head. A sweet nose with some spiciness, follows into the taste, balanced with a sharp, hoppy finish. Pretty good. I am enjoying this season of Christmas brews.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1334) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Reddish amber witha thin but full, off-white head. A complex aroma of malt, hop, and spice(cinnamon) which is similar to an IPA but just a bit sweeter and spicier. Not much flavor, but, what it has is good on the hoppy side w/ toasty malt. It feel a bit on the lighter side adn finishes dry with toasty malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
On tap at Maras Homemade. Amber in color with no head. Malty caramel toffee aroma. Caramel malty flavor. Spicy clove notes. Finish is dry. Thin. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle, pours a nice clear amber color, with an ok head. Light malts slight toffee nothing major. Once again Abita has managed to produce another bland and watery brew, these guys must pride themselves on their local water supply because most of their brews focus on water.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a clear, deep, orange-brown with a frothy beige head that leaves wispy lace in its wake, diminishing to a thin, creamy cap. The nose is fairly muted: a tad phenolic with a malty front and lesser notes of mulling spices (cloves, cinnamon, etc.). Light-bodied and slick with a dry and fairly astringent finish. The flavor is of a nutty, bitter front with lesser emphasis on the malt & spice found on the nose. Fairly disjointed, this one just doesn’t do a lot for me. There are a LOT of better Christmas brews out there, and unless you’re compelled to tick-off another rating, I’d recommend skipping this one.

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