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RATINGS: 524   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 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 (1394) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2004
This tastes and smells like a seasonal brew. It smells as good as its taste - which is pretty good, but nothing to rejoice too much over. Nutmeg and spice are apparent in the aroma and taste. My criticism of this beer is that, as with all of Abita's brews to my knowledge, it is a microbrew. This beer tastes like a microbrew and that is its major downfall. It could be really good - instead it's just good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
Deep burgundy color. Very hoppy. Tastes of malt, nutmeg, red wine. Finishes malty and slightly bitter, with hints of spiciness, and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Attractive red wine appearance without much of a head. Spicy, earthy aroma. Herbaceous taste, moderately carbonated with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Dry, slightly bitter, finish. Rerated the 07 version. Color not quite as rosy. A little more malty; seems to be more carbonated and more aggressively hopped than many middle-of-the-road ambers. Tart, acidic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2004
The taste of this ale was very thick and malty with elemnts of syrup and caramel with the aftertaste lingering. The aroma was a bit of cinammon and nutmeg maybe, very minimal, with a drak brown orange coloring. Interesting beer but not one of my favorites. The taste was not that bad but a bit overpowering on the syrup/caramel taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2003
12 oz bottle, snifter, 50°F. Tall, creamy, light tan head is well lasting and sits on a deep burgundy body. Nutty, toasted grain malt (M); citrus, pine hops (M); clove and ginger aromas. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic finish. There's a nice spiciness here but it's not too pronounced. Medium heavy body, watery (almost creamy) texture, soft carbonation, moderately astringent. The bottom line is: would score higher, but the astringency just keeps building up. Something to do with the water supply?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Dark brown, decent head. Aroma of roasted malt. Strong roasted malt flavor, almost to the point of sour, but didn’t 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 isn’t my favorite here. Lower score than previous year.

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