beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2005 version. This ale pours a deep cooper color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is mild, slightly sweet with some spices. A light to medium bodied ale. Malts are caramel and not very sweet. As a result the first sip yields a whole bunch of nutmeg and cinnamon with no malt sweet to balance them out., which tends to make the first rather unpleasant. Then its sort of thin and watery and the carbonation is weak. Needless to say it does not make a good combination. No wonder they pushed this one off on the Beer of the Month clubs all over the country. Maybe I can use the other two bottles I got for cooking. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and sharp. Aftertaste is bitter. No good pass on this one.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
2005 bottle. Pours copper with a thin but stubborn off white head. Smells of tarte fruit, malt, vegetal, with some mellow spicey notes. Tastes breaddy with some peppery tastes and an off finish.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2005 vintage. Clear amber ale having small diminishing head. No discernable aroma or carbonation. Medium bodied that starts with slight spice and light sweet malt flavor. Finishes dry with no discernable aftertaste. Thin textured and watery in flavor, this is a bland drinkable beer.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beige head on an amber colored body. Rich caremel aroma with hints of honey and citrus. Taste is a dissapointment, very dry, and none of the nice things i found in the aroma. Mouthfeel is bit thin, and co2 is medium. Boring.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - Pours copper with a nice foamy white head that stays pretty well and laces down the glass. Aroma is honey, caramel malts, and some grapefruit hops. Flavor is quite malty at first. Caramel, and a touch of honey. Then the hops from the aroma finish it off with some bitterness. Fairly smooth and drinkable on the palate. I thought this one of the better brews I’ve had from this brewer! Not bad..
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Clear amber with a foamy head. Not much aroma...some malt. Nothing going on to differentiate this "spice" beer from any other lager on the market. Too many better X-mas ales to waste time with this one. Next.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear red, fluffy tan head. Earthy, honey malt aroma with some cardboard. Nutty, earthy caramel flavor with some spicy hops in the finish. Bitterness in a bit rough. Spritzy carbonation.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Way too thin, timid and watery. No dicernable Christmas spicing or robustness. I’m a little surprised by the ABV, too, because it just seemed so watered-down!
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beer of the Month Club Offering.
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 doesn’t taste like very much of anything.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I’m not sure what Abita was trying to accomplish here, but they fell short of whatever it was. It’s 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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