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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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tmoney99 (11358) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle from Party Source. Pours clear dark amber color with a moderate frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate sweet roasted malty aroma. Medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium grainy sweet finish of an average duration. My expectation where not met.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy to rocky tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-some sweet (English) nutty, secondary citrus hops. Taste is medium malt-some sweet (English) nutty/some chocolate, secondary earthy/metallic hops. Occasional. OK/mild carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11071) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle from systembolaget. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. MOderate bitter flavor. Dry and nutty notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: XXX-mas Ale
Date: 12/16/1995
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery

slightly hazy amber, clear deep ruby red
-------- /> Name: XXX-mas Ale
Date: 02/01/1997

whispy tan head, malty with a slight spicy aroma, high malt flavor with lots of bitterness and a just a touch of spicy floral hops

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: *4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10386) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Pours dark copper with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is of malt and caramel with a hop nose. Flavor is bitter hop and caramel malts. Fizzy and warm palate.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (9840) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Crystal clear amber ale with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Decent lacing. Lots of milk chocolate and floral hops in the aroma. The flavor is decently bittered, but thin and watery. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Lengthy, buttery, grassy finish. Clean, but not crisp. What's up with the picture to the left? That doesn't look anything like the bottle from which I poured my Abita Christmas Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9796) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Reddish/amber pour. Off white head. Toffee, light spice and maybe a hint of dark dried fruit. Flavor is lightly spicy, reminds me of some type of christmas cookie with a light hop background.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (9619) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Pours a dark red/orange appearance with a fairly large red/white head. Sort of hoppy and amber malty head reminiscent of a red ale. Flavor is very much like a spiced red ale- a bit hoppy with amber malts and a touch of spices. Not too great.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (9454) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear amber color with a medium frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy hops, caramel and some toastiness. The taste is peppery, spicy hops with toasted malts. Medium bodied. Kinda bland but not bad.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel and just all around earthy. I really didn’t get too much out of this one and wrote down all around bland. Thinner body.


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