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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours a dark amber with little head. Aromas of (believe it or not), citrus hops, caramel and cookie dough. Taste is bready caramel with a nice dash of bittering hops. Finish is bitter and semi-dry with a generous amount of hops. This is way better than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (5058) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2013
12 oz bottle. Amber and pretty clear with a tan head. Toasted malts, caramel, nuts, earthy, toffee, light bitter hops. Medium body, a little thin, with a smooth crisp finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Imaena (2188) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle. This is a pretty boring amber ale without much really going on. I would give it a miss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Dark amber in color, rich thick malts Nice aroma and terrific finish. Light with the spices this is a easy drinking amber ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hkrivera (153) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - NOV 16, 2013
Excellent winter ale beer. Very spicy, strong flavor, it will take out the cold out of the winter. The maltiness is predominant, it will cheer your Xmas!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
markducommun (887) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Slightly spicy aroma, bitter taste, slightly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol ha some presence. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vestlake (279) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2013
On tap. Color is dark amber with no head by the time I got the glass. Taste and aroma are a mix of hop and malt with too much hop in the taste for a Christmas ale in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (2816) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2013
12oz bottle (best by 3/7/14) - pours dark amber with ivory head and decent lacing. Nose is pine with hints of caramel. Sip adds roast, some spice and tree sap. I like it as Christmas ale, but not so much as an Amber. Better than I expected, per the reviews I read.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
dlihcsnatas (616) - Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 *2012* I have got to quit taking a chance on this brewery. As with most everything they put out it has that dirt flavor to it. Not sure if that is from the water in thier area but everything they do has that muddy water taste. Other than that this one has an odd taste of something like licorish that just doesn’t do it for me. Yet another big fail from Abita. -This is what I said last year- ..... Now for this year! OK forgot how bad this one was last year. Rated it as a 1 last year but by my mistake saw a sampler sitting there and grabbed it not looking over my notes. I think I was too much into the christmas spirit last year to call it a 1 because this is among the most awful tasting mess. Did the brewer scorch the batch? Did someone forget that clean water is a must? Why does this taste like burnt bread? NASTY! that is all I can say about it. Got to remember never buy Abita.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (5043) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Tap. Pours deep brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is heavy grain, fig, raisin, some spice, and floral hops. Flavor is predominantly bready malts with some grassy hop bitterness and faint dark fruit notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

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