Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
05: Deep copper; mostly clear; thinnish head. Medium body. Quite a bit of toast throughout. A little sweet corn follows in the finish. Subtle aromas of wood and smoke and spice. Cracker-like, whole grain characteristics build over time. Grassy-herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Some off-flavors of cardboard, and it’s a little flat-flavored, if that makes any sense.
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Eh. That is about all I can say about it. Not much aroma and even though there is a nice hoppy bitter finish there is too much grain corn taste.
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
What the world needs more of (and certainly this beer does) is more head. Dissipated very quickly. Very little aroma and tasted flat. Maybe the bottle...I don’t know. A very uninspiring brew.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice head, pours medium brown. Aroma is faint, flavor is nutty. The beer is quite watery and not robust at all, not what is typically expected from a winter ale.
Not that great.
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005. Pours light brown with a frothy tan head. It has a sweet and malty aroma and has a similar flavor. It reminds me of an oktberfest style of beer. A little sticky on the palate. Overall, a decent beer.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2005. This beer just didn’t seem to have the umph one expects in a Chritstmas/winter ale. Poured copper color with moderate head. If you work at it, you can get a nose of sweet malts and spice. These are more apparent in the flavor which yields cinnamon and nutmeg and a bit of sweetness underneath. Smooth, crisp finish with a fading bitter aftertaste. Thin going on medium body. Better Christmas ales are available.
RaginCajun (319) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a fairly respectable Christmas brew, although it missed the typical Abita "spring water" taste. This is one of the lighter Christmas beers you will drink and it pretty refreshing.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel seems to be the theme of this beer. Caramel colored pour with light notes of caramel in the nose and layers of sweet caramel malts in the body. Pretty one dimensional - but quite drinkable. A nice refresher but not much more.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle Pours a clear dark amber with an off white creamy head. Lacing is decent. Has a malty aroma of carmel and molasses. A medium bodied ale with good carbonation. Not much aftertaste, still a refreshing beer.
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2005. Pours thin copper color with quarter inch head. Aroma is weak, but has hint of clove. Taste is also rather weak with a bitter aftertaste. High carbonation. A seasonal brew should highlight seasonal tastes. This one does not.