Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Dark brown, decent head. Aroma of roasted malt. Strong roasted malt flavor, almost to the point of sour, but didnít quite get there. Not bad, but nothing special. 6,4,5,3,11 RERATE: Dec 20, 2007. Medium to deep amber, decent head, slight chill haze. Aroma is malt focuses with an unfortunate note of cardboard. Flavor introduces some earthy and slightly citric hops to the malts, but this isnít my favorite here. Lower score than previous year.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crystal clear amber ale with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Decent lacing.
Lots of milk chocolate and floral hops in the aroma. The flavor is decently bittered, but thin and watery. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Lengthy, buttery, grassy finish. Clean, but not crisp. What's up with the picture to the left? That doesn't look anything like the bottle from which I poured my Abita Christmas Ale.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003-bottle. Mahogony color with white head that dissipates without lacing much. Slightly malty nose. Flavor is average for an xmas ale. Not as malty as the aroma might indicate and finish is weak. Tinge of bitterness at the end but little or no aftertaste. There is some kind of spice in their but I can't put my finger on it. Tastes better when consumed rapidly. Thanks to argo0 for the bottle from the AKHBP(Aaron and Kathy Holiday Beer Party).
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark cooper color with a small head. Had a strong aroma; almost smelled like a sweaty sock when it first was poured, but then tamed down. Descent taste, but expected a better Christmas brew from Abita.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep copper with a tall tan head. Very carbonated. Nose is nutty and malted. Little spice. The tongue is the same. This has malt and nuttiness along with a hint of spice. It's smooth and finishes with a pleasant aftertaste, but I was hoping for more in a Christmas beer. A little disappointing.
raymow (767) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2002 - Not terrible, but I expected better. Nice dark golden color with a slightly Belgian aroma. I'm looking forward to the 2003 version in hopes of a bit more flavor.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2002 - Almost a sour note in the aroma. Nothing very exciting about the body other than the fact that the spices, malt, and hops are all out of balance. Not a beer I would recommend.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2002. This is halfway to the mark--glass half empty or half full? Whichever it is, this is not a beer worth putting high on your drinking agenda. The aroma carries a clear suggestion of allspice, perhaps a bit of nutmeg, and the slightest whiff of baking cinammon. The flavor is much more dull, not revealing any particular depth. Perhaps o.k. to try once a year at Christmas time, but otherwise not worth seeking out.
ThomW (35) - USA - JAN 27, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002, Spiced aroma and clear appearance. Slightly spicy in taste but not bitter. A bit sweet up front but odd aftertaste.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2002 - This was o.k. Golden color, decent head. (they indicated it'd be a "dark" ale? what's up?) Average ale taste, more malt than hop (was there hops?- not much) What makes this a Christmas ale? Maybe a little bit of nuttiness, but that's about it.