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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2005
2004. This is a respectable offering. Slight chocolate, mild malty flavor, and a hint of hops. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Courtesy of the Geek,Nice dark brown color,small tannish head that had a short life then faded to leave little behind.The aroma was a nice malty caramel with a nice hop presence.The flavor wasn’t as good as the aroma let on though.Light malt with some funkyish caramel and a decent but nothing special hop presence,and maybe a mild spice coming on towards the end.I guess another brew that is worth a try but little more then that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Clearish maple syrup color, thin off-white head. Light in the aroma... sweet roasted piney... more like grainy pine wood as it warms. Papery spice taste. Kind of blah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5593) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Grapevine Market - Austin, Tx - 12 oz bottle. Pours a strong brewed iced tea like dark red, with a thin tracing off-white head. Aroma has a nutty essence to it with a little bit of chocolate. Flavor has faint traces of raisins, dates and a bit of Chirstmas spice, but neither is very well pronounced or sharp. Blended together nicely, very smooth drinking. Mouthfeel has a slight bit of creaminess to it. Was hoping for a bit more, along the lines of Turbo Dog, but still a tasty diversion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Terminus (3253) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 10, 2005
bottle-purchased at Buddy’s beer barn in El Paso, tx-pours a deep amber hue with a nice off-white head around glass edge. nutty, spicy, malty, slightly cardboardy aroma. mouthfeal is chaulky. flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, stale malts, grains. tingly effect on the finish that hits the toungue. all show, no go with this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Huge head. How exactly is a beer Christmas-y? Well, if it’s supposed to fill you with holiday cheer, than this one is no good. The spices are strong, but in an overwhelming sense, and not an intriguing sense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
n0kwa (34) - Talisheek, Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Nice medium brown, long lasting head. Reddish brown color. Light malty aroma. Subtle maltiness. Smooth drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2004
This is a rather nice Christmas ale. I’ve thus far liked all the Christmas ales I’ve had. A nice dark chocolatey flavor with a sweet aroma--smells of cinnamon and chocolate. You’ll like this. Check it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Sweet aroma. Brown/Copper color. There was actually quite a bit going on with the flavor... Somewhat thick malty sweet... also yeasty with maybe just a hint of something peppery. Good :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Poured red amber with big tan head...smell is malty, caramel, maybe nutmeg...taste is thin...caramel malts, some mild bitterness...metallic bitter finish...not great, but enjoyable enough...

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