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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 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!

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4269) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (4971) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1187) - 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 could’ve been a litle warmer. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - 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.

   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.

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