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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   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.


1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Bottle (2011 batch). Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber to medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, cookie, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot), with light notes of dirt/dust, grape jelly, and manure. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean, husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Horrible aftertaste, thin/watery, bland, not much in the aroma (which has off notes too). Typical awful Abita quality, sadly.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
There is a very earthy funkiness going on in both aroma and taste. Musty maybe? Very much on the thin side. Hints of a caramelly malty sweetness, but it never really goes anywhere. Not much else to say.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
Appears a red amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a small collar. Smell is malty, bready, with a sugary, corn syrup aroma standing out. Taste is of the same aromas albeit kind of weak with mild honey in the mix somewhere. Mouthfeel is watery, cardboard-ish, with an off, flowery funkyness in the finish.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel and just all around earthy. I really didnít get too much out of this one and wrote down all around bland. Thinner body.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
roder60 (1284) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Pours a clear orange pink color with a nice amount of froathy white head. Aroma aint too hot: mostly just some caramel malt and a slightly hayish sour undertone. Flavor too is off the mark: slightly nutty and sweet, but mostly stale overcarbonated sweet brown sugar thats watered down. Overall, very subpar.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle. í05 Pours with a ~1cm. off white head. Color is a nice reddish amber. Clear. Head disappears quickly. Definite spice in the nose. Very light at first, almost watery, then a little spicy then a caramel / nutty maltiness going down. Light, dry mouthfeel. Just OK as far as winter / x-mas ales go.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2006
05, I assume (different label from the one pictured - silver label). Clear dark amber pour with a generous rocky off white head. I can smell hops from 8" away from my glass. Grassy hop aroma, upon further inspection. As I swirl the beer and take a big whiff...YIKES!...I smell my nephew Alainís dirty diaper. Wait, let me try this again, maybe I am mistaken. DAMN. nope. still smells like dirty ass. Well, I guess I will try a little. Hope it doesnít taste like it smells. Tastes to me like an english pale ale. Kind of muted hop flavors, needs something to make them jump out at you. They are there, maybe just confined by that damn diaper, I donít know. Sweet malt along with hints of toasted malts. This could be a decent beer with a little tweaking, to bring those hops out better.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2006
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 itís a little flat-flavored, if that makes any sense.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
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.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2006
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 donít know. A very uninspiring brew.


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