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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
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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.


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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2007
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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wxman (1535) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2007
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Strykzone (5386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours an amber body with a small head. Almost no carbonation. Aroma of malt. Flavor is malty with a harsh dry bitterness. A bit of caramel, spice, and hops rounds out the malt. An average beer at best.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Pours an amber color with a small, white head. Mildly spiced aroma, a touch of cinnamon. Watery body, metallic taste, a little caramel and vanilla. Average.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2007
2007 bottle, taken from a six pack at Total Wine, in Huntersville, NC. This year’s label is silver, with a maroon/red lettering. Beer pours a dark amber color with a light white head. Aroma is lightly spicy. Taste is hoppy with a sharp bite on the end. Not bad, but nothing too special.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2012 Syrupy, like maple syrup and bread crust. Yet this is surprisingly dry at the same time. Muddled brown and no lave. Buttery aroma. But cookies, oatmeal raisin granola. Thin and sweet. Raisin. Not bad but still abita. Diacetyl and low grade malt, no hops. Buttery brown bread, and not the worst beer. 3,5,2,5,10

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Medium amber and thin. The aroma is light diacetyl and some toast. Taste is toasty with some cascade toasty notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2007 bottle, liquorloft tallahassee. aroma is spices and light hops. The taste was great, a blend of refreshing nonoffensive spices and malt. oranges, light wood, cinnamon, with a light but spicy orange finish. light body with plenty of carbonation.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2007 Pours a darker amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is weak with sweet malts, caramel, spices, and very little hops. Flavor was better then I was expecting. Starts off with the slight spices and caramel malts. Finishes with some hops for a slightly bitter finish. This beer is okay.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
This beer has a nice hop flower aroma and taste. The color is a bit plain, being a clear amber with no bubbles. It’s a bitter brew resembling an IPA.


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