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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5489) - 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 (3231) - 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 (4528) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9601) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Pours dark copper with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is of malt and caramel with a hop nose. Flavor is bitter hop and caramel malts. Fizzy and warm palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 17, 2004
bottle. dark brown with a thin head that fades fast. sweet lager aroma with a touch of brown sugar. light malt flavor that finishes with an unpleasant bitter. watery in every aspect. some assorted smoke flavors that are present but not much else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle. Strong malt body with some hops in the background. This tastes like an average brown ale. Nothing special or to get excited about. It is drinkable, and not bad, but very run of the mill.

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