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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2006
05: Deep copper; mostly clear; thinnish head. Medium body. Quite a bit of toast throughout. A little sweet corn follows in the finish. Subtle aromas of wood and smoke and spice. Cracker-like, whole grain characteristics build over time. Grassy-herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Some off-flavors of cardboard, and itís a little flat-flavored, if that makes any sense.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Eh. That is about all I can say about it. Not much aroma and even though there is a nice hoppy bitter finish there is too much grain corn taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2006
What the world needs more of (and certainly this beer does) is more head. Dissipated very quickly. Very little aroma and tasted flat. Maybe the bottle...I donít know. A very uninspiring brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Nice head, pours medium brown. Aroma is faint, flavor is nutty. The beer is quite watery and not robust at all, not what is typically expected from a winter ale. Not that great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2006
2005. Pours light brown with a frothy tan head. It has a sweet and malty aroma and has a similar flavor. It reminds me of an oktberfest style of beer. A little sticky on the palate. Overall, a decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2005. This beer just didnít seem to have the umph one expects in a Chritstmas/winter ale. Poured copper color with moderate head. If you work at it, you can get a nose of sweet malts and spice. These are more apparent in the flavor which yields cinnamon and nutmeg and a bit of sweetness underneath. Smooth, crisp finish with a fading bitter aftertaste. Thin going on medium body. Better Christmas ales are available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
This is a fairly respectable Christmas brew, although it missed the typical Abita "spring water" taste. This is one of the lighter Christmas beers you will drink and it pretty refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Caramel seems to be the theme of this beer. Caramel colored pour with light notes of caramel in the nose and layers of sweet caramel malts in the body. Pretty one dimensional - but quite drinkable. A nice refresher but not much more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
12 oz bottle Pours a clear dark amber with an off white creamy head. Lacing is decent. Has a malty aroma of carmel and molasses. A medium bodied ale with good carbonation. Not much aftertaste, still a refreshing beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2006
2005. Pours thin copper color with quarter inch head. Aroma is weak, but has hint of clove. Taste is also rather weak with a bitter aftertaste. High carbonation. A seasonal brew should highlight seasonal tastes. This one does not.

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