jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 29, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
Beerdedone (2821) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sampled. Pours amber in color with a small off-white head. Faint malty aroma with light caramel, and a hint of some spices. Flavor was bland and light bodied with sweet malts, caramel, and some notes of spice
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle,pours dark amber,slight haze,nice off white head,slight roast/grassy nose.very slight malt upfront and hoppy finish,grassy notes.It’s moe like a pale ale.sierra navada meets sam adams...dissapointing.
swoopjones (6558) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours deep amber color. Decent medium to full body. Caramel & Roasted malts in the nose. Taste a little more of the same but not too favorful. Not really sure why this a Christmas beer but maybe Christmas is different in the Bayou than in NY
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks lb4lb. The color was crisp amber. The head was creamy, thn, and off-white. The aroma was rotten eggs, salt, and a slight metalic smell. The flavor was bland and a little metalic. The palate was average. The finish was clean.
emacgee (4238) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb sent me this as an extra. Pours a murky soft amber with a one finger fizzy off white head. The aroma is a little off putting, some spice is noticeable, grassy, not very good at all. The flavor is definitely grassy, a little sour, some spice, really carbonated, thin palate. Crappy beer.
mmmbeer (1283) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2007 ed. 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass- poured semi transparent darken amber, foamy off white head that slowly sank, aroma of lightly roasted malt. Hits the mouth with a thin body, extremely light malt and caramel defined, finish tails off with slight hop note. Was expecting something great from the appearance, but was let down.
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Got minimal aroma from this dark brown beer. Has a sweet, caramel/malt and light chocolate flavor balanced by citrusy American hops. A vague hint of spices present. Watery finish. This one was a disappointment.
wxman (1507) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 Pours a clear dark amber with a yellowish off-white head that isn’t impressive, although there is some glass coating. Aroma is lightly roasted malt along with maple syrup. Not as sweet tasting as it smells, it’s actually quite dry. I get dark chocolate, coffee, and spices. Almost a medicinal bitterness is there throughout; not sure if the hops or the roasted malt is the source. Not bad, but not something I’d buy again. There are too many others that are better for the same price. Looking at past ratings, they’d do well to return to their 2003/2004 season recipe. It’s 2013 and it has been 6 years since I last tasted. It has either gotten better, or I was too brutal in my original rating, so here goes with a 2.7.