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RATINGS: 532   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.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Beer of the Month Club Offering. <P> Lightly hopped aroma with even lighter spice notes. Rich copper in color with a firm thumb thick white head. Not much here flavor wise. Crisp hop bite I associate with premium lagers and almost no spice notes. Some subdued caramel malt, but overall it just doesnít taste like very much of anything.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Iím not sure what Abita was trying to accomplish here, but they fell short of whatever it was. Itís a thin malty brew with the usual Christmas ale spices. The finish was water with a drop of acid in it. Not worth coming back to.

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2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BBB63 (6091) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Clean amber hue with a small fizzy head and minmal lace. The aroma has notes of pepper, clove, piney and grassy hops, grainy and caramel malts and bit of a veggie tone. The taste starts spicy and grassy with a slight malt background. Some light lingering bittering but did not provide much depth of palate. The feel was thin and watery, some astrengent qualities. Very sub-par offering and wished for more.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan425 (2) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
A beautiful beer in the glass. Its not really fair to rate this brew though because they change the recipe every year. Very malty with a slight bite and a little spice. A great beer to enjoy by the fire!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle. Poured a redish amber with a small bubbly head. Malty aroma with notes of spice. Flavor is somewhat bland in my opinion. Watered down, hints of spice. Very light, tingy mouthfeel with a weak body. Not worth considering a winter brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4151) - Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. Small sized ivory head that mostly diminished, fine, small and medium sized bubbles, fair lacing, carbonated, transparent, and an orange with a hint of red for the hue. Malty, caramel, hoppy, and spicy nose and ditto for the flavor. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (4952) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 16, 2005
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of finely sized foamy mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a carbonated transparent light orange brown colored body. The aroma was a mild malt spice mix with an allspice odor. The mouth feel was thingly and a bit harsh initially then faded into the finish with a mild lingering tingly feeling. The flavor was spicey with a maltiness and some ginger. Stange brew but not too bad for a spice brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2004 12 oz bottle. Poured a dark red with nice tan head. Aroma was malty, with a bit of spice. Flavor was bit of caramel, malt, and some mystery spice. Not much left on the palate. Average beer, not much for a winter style.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1183) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
This ber pours a deep amber color with a 1/4 in tan head. It has a very malty, spicy smell and a malty breadlike flavor. This is an ok winter ale, but couldíve been a litle warmer. Cheers!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4988) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a ruby caramel color with a medium sized creamy tan head. There aroma is vaguely malty and yeasty with an almost tea like undertone. The flavor is sour malt with a hint of spice and lots of nut. The finish is rather bitter.


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