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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dacrza (594) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Date Rated: April 13, 2013... Glassware: Corsendonk snifter... Occasion: Les Mis and a Creole brewery--straining thematic proximity... Appearance: dark ruby velvet body with clinging off-white head--could be imposing with solid tracing as thee glass drains... Aroma: pricks of spruce and citrus make this festive indeed; otherwise noteworthy for a brown ale... Palate: full-bodied but oily, swiftly slickening the throat; flattened as soda--skunked?... Taste: softened, mellow hops with enough malt to balance its flavor; not robust enough to garner interest in this genre ... Overall: Okay, admittedly late for the Christmas beer seasonals, but they must be consumed sooner than later...this one is curious--alcohol strength is undetectable, but thee thinness of the beer ill-suits the style--this particular bottle may have been aged (a month after its best-by date) and thus could be adversely affected....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours reddish brown w/ small tan head that fades to a small ring leaving good lacing. Aromas of evergreen, cat pee, nutmeg, herbs and some caramel hops. Med body w/ rounded mouthfeel and ample carbs. Smooth but lively. Flavors are solid malt backbone w/ piney hops bitterness. Similar to an amber w/ some spice rounding it out. A decent brew that would be easy to knock back a few of. Doesn’t really stand out, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dkoi421 (11) - - MAY 19, 2013
Drinking this in may so it may be a tad old. Pours a nice amber hue with a good off white head providing ample lacing. Hoppier than would have imagined with a thin body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lilja (2026) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, bränt socker och toner av nötter. Avrundas med en enkel beska.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikedR (1525) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2013
Very meh. Pours a nice dark color, and the malty backbone and mouthfeel are good, but the spices are quite lacking. There is some kind of spice that's trying to assert itself, but it never breaks through. No discernible nutmeg, cinnamon, etc., as you might expect from a Christmas ale. Decidedly average. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rumproasts (3740) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
bottle. Deep amber with small head. Light malt, mild hops and a hint of spice. Pleasant but lacking something flavor-wise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ughsmash (7322) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottled. Poured medium-deep amber with a dense, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet pecan and toffee notes with a bit of vanilla and warm spice accenting.. not all that enticing. The flavor found lightly-salted pecans, caramel, and a touch of vanilla bean at the core, with touches of cinnamon and a hefty dose of odd, sticky, malt-inspired notes around.. finished tacky with the same weird stuff and a bit of cocoa. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. it just didn’t come together for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cuso (5680) - 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 (1755) - 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 (5346) - 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.

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