gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
closey22 (1202) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
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 (2956) - 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 (6908) - 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 (4376) - 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.