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RATINGS: 532   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 13/20
Cuso (4704) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle from trade with Cunningham, many thanks. Dark amber color with minimal tan head. Fruity aroma with spicy hops, caramel, vinous notes. Taste starts with overripe fruit, malt, caramel, spicy hops, vinous hints. Hoppy, bitter finish. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle->shaker. Pours a mahogany with rich offwhite head. Aroma has spices, hops, and mild malt. Flavor of honey, spices, and malt, but with some metallic bitterness. Eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber body with a large frothy light beige head that left a bit of lacing. The nose is pretty well dominated by malt character, slightly sweet and a bit husky, but there are some light floral hops in there as well. The flavor is pretty similar to what the nose was letting onto. Just a little caramel malt sweetness with toasty and husky malt up front. Finishes with a light bitterness and some floral hop notes. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Not the best, probably about average for craft Amber Ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBeerFanatic (867) - Friona, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Pours a medium clear amber with a frothy head. Aromas of pine hops and slight caramel. Flavors of medium piney hops, a light caramel backbone, and slight hay. Light to medium bitter, lightly sweet, and more on the hoppy side. Leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Generally drinks like an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (2642) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
5 Feb 2013, bottle. amber, clear, some steady bubbles. nose is grassy, slightly harsh hops, maybe some sawdust. med/thin body and mildly fizzy. faintly spiced (hints of ginger, maybe spruce hops) but mainly a spruce/pine hops and lightly toasted amber ale. decent, but i don’t know that i’d label it a christmas ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ccex (931) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a clear dark copper/brown with moderate off-whte head and good lacing. Aroma is nutty and malty with some bizzare chemicals added. Smells something like a taxidermist’s shop. Taste is slightly bitter with a nutty finish. This is not a good Christmas beer, and a below average amber ale. It was difficult for me to finish one, which, thankfully was the only one I bought from my store’s $1 closeout rack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zoucrew102 (554) - - JAN 27, 2013
Aroma is spicy which includes ginger and also a slight caramel malt notes. Pours deep amber with reddish tones and a good head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandbeyond (693) - ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Clear mahogany color with some red hues and a decent beige head. Slightly spicy nose, with caramel malt, faint piney hops, oranges and ginger. Pleasant malty flavors, with lots of spices (ginger, allspice. clove), some dried fruits and nuts, candied citrus peels and medium bitterness (with some medicinal notes). Medium bodied, pretty balanced, satisfying and quite wholesome. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redpooba (399) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2012 A reddish ale white head. Aroma is muted with a bit of hops. The flavor is mild with a bit of bitterness. A very small hint of floral notes in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Travlr (12291) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Draft. Clear brownish amber color, thick brown head with good retention. Aroma of burnt toast. Taste is dilute burnt nuts and an odd combination of spices.

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