ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with a nice malty aroma. ok mild flavor that is a little lacking. Yeah it has a slight malty ness but nothing hugely special.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color with a hint of orange when held to the light. Disipating light tan head. Mild caramel and lightly toasted malt aromas. Lots of malt character to this one. Dark caramel, light peat and Just enough hops to keep this honest. Smooth feel. Linger is all toasty malt. A nice brew. Thanks to DocLock for this one.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours medium brown in color, though it appear ruby red when held to the light. Has a small dissipating tan colored head. Aroma is malty with some smokiness. Flavor is also, malty, smoky with a bit of hop bitterness in the dry finish. Pretty tasty. Would be willing to drink again.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, according to the description, this beer changes yearly. I presume I had the 2003 version. Tasted like a brown ale/smoked beer. Has a malty smoked aroma with hints of caramel in there as well. Pours a tranparent mahogany with an off-white head. Start is smoky, malty, with hints of bitterness and a smoked chocolate to finish. This isnt half bad.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright ruby in color with a large off-white head.Sweet malt and hop aroma. Sweet toasted malt flavor with subtle hops.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by 4 12 ?? (assume 04) drank on 5 27 04: Light clear ruby brown with a thin head. Deep brown sugar aroma, goes down smooth. Under-rated, 26th percentile, are you crazy?
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby-brown with a nice fluffy pistachio shell colored head. Smells of skunky hops, sweet malt, light coffee and christmas spices. Taste has a boring beginning then turns to a nie bitter coffee and sweet chocolate. Aftertaste is also tasty, mostly chocolate. Purchased in 12 oz bottle at Chevy Chase wine and spirits in Washington, DC.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours rich, dark burgundy w/ a very small head. Aroma of wheaty musk, but not much else. Flavour is a little bitter, but no christmas ale characteristics. A little sweet, toasted malt, but no cinnamon, apples, honey, etc.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I have a strong inclination to submit the same statement for ALL the Abita beers. I have had the pleasure of having a few that were fresh and they were fair. However I really feel they are lacking in their filtration and rather than adding to a potential for "bottle conditioning" by happenstance, they merely have set themselves up for perpetual infection.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This tastes and smells like a seasonal brew. It smells as good as its taste - which is pretty good, but nothing to rejoice too much over. Nutmeg and spice are apparent in the aroma and taste. My criticism of this beer is that, as with all of Abita's brews to my knowledge, it is a microbrew. This beer tastes like a microbrew and that is its major downfall. It could be really good - instead it's just good.