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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.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillHick420 (438) - North Dakota, - NOV 28, 2012
2012. Pours dark brown with a slightly tanned head. Aroma of caramel, some coffee. Taste is slightly sweet. Not bad for a Christmas brew.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shanebrews (201) - Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
2014 recipe: The brew pours a copper color with a thick, pillowy head. The carbonation is mild and heads more than I expected. The flavor is heavy with malt, most notably a dark chocolate tone, but also bitter. The overall impression is of a modest Russian Imperial, and it is very good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
benpickens (420) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Dark amber; hips dominates the nose with citrus and pine; hoppy oily bitter finish; tastes like an American pale ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jw0406 (837) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2015
12 oz bottle pours an amber color with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, light citrus, sweet malt. Light bodies, a little thin, but worth the try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
radagast83 (5178) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
12oz bottle. Poured a light amber color with a medium sized foamy off-white head. Aroma was light sweet malts, some caramel sweetness. Earthy hops. Flavor was mostly sweet, stale caramel with some light bland toffee.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (6096) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
12 oz. bottle at home. Pours a deep amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bread, caramel, cinnamon and other spices, cookies, hints of dark dried fruit, dry, a bit thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (841) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2014
12 oz bottle in NOLA. Pours amber with long lasting, white head. Aroma is of caramel and bready malt, piney hops, oranges and apricots. Body is medium and crisp. Caramel malt, herbal, piney hops and some ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, herbal. I think it is the better brew from Abita.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nasmith003 (125) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2014
roasty, nuts, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, lightly bitter, medium body, average carbonation,

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7155) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Cask at Ashley’s. Pours a near clear deep amber with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is full of Christmas spice with a bit of sweet grains and spruce. Flavor is similarly full of spice with a sweet grain backbone.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (4169) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Orange peel, peanut hull nose, not strong. Clear tea colored, medium cream colored head. Quite metallic, pecan, and cardboard flavor, subtle juniper berry accents. Light body. Pretty disappointing, especially since age is not a factor for this seasonal beer sampled in season.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
baraciisch (2062) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Clear reddish mahogany, foamy beige head... Aroma of malty wort, spices... Slightly soapy... Flavor is totally boring, watery thin base with rotten spices throughout... Poor effort ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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