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RATINGS: 547   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4388) - 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 (5001) - 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 (1243) - 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 (5188) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5871) - 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 (3308) - 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.

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