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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Dark amber color with a nice malty aroma. ok mild flavor that is a little lacking. Yeah it has a slight malty ness but nothing hugely special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Brown color with a hint of orange when held to the light. Disipating light tan head. Mild caramel and lightly toasted malt aromas. Lots of malt character to this one. Dark caramel, light peat and Just enough hops to keep this honest. Smooth feel. Linger is all toasty malt. A nice brew. Thanks to DocLock for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Beer pours medium brown in color, though it appear ruby red when held to the light. Has a small dissipating tan colored head. Aroma is malty with some smokiness. Flavor is also, malty, smoky with a bit of hop bitterness in the dry finish. Pretty tasty. Would be willing to drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Well, according to the description, this beer changes yearly. I presume I had the 2003 version. Tasted like a brown ale/smoked beer. Has a malty smoked aroma with hints of caramel in there as well. Pours a tranparent mahogany with an off-white head. Start is smoky, malty, with hints of bitterness and a smoked chocolate to finish. This isnt half bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Bright ruby in color with a large off-white head.Sweet malt and hop aroma. Sweet toasted malt flavor with subtle hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Best by 4 12 ?? (assume 04) drank on 5 27 04: Light clear ruby brown with a thin head. Deep brown sugar aroma, goes down smooth. Under-rated, 26th percentile, are you crazy?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
Ruby-brown with a nice fluffy pistachio shell colored head. Smells of skunky hops, sweet malt, light coffee and christmas spices. Taste has a boring beginning then turns to a nie bitter coffee and sweet chocolate. Aftertaste is also tasty, mostly chocolate. Purchased in 12 oz bottle at Chevy Chase wine and spirits in Washington, DC.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Pours rich, dark burgundy w/ a very small head. Aroma of wheaty musk, but not much else. Flavour is a little bitter, but no christmas ale characteristics. A little sweet, toasted malt, but no cinnamon, apples, honey, etc.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2004
I have a strong inclination to submit the same statement for ALL the Abita beers. I have had the pleasure of having a few that were fresh and they were fair. However I really feel they are lacking in their filtration and rather than adding to a potential for "bottle conditioning" by happenstance, they merely have set themselves up for perpetual infection.

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