hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
shrubber85 (10247) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Light toffee and hay/grass aroma. Dark amber with large tan head. Mildly sweet caramel malt and light grass hops flavor. Decent body. Actually not bad - both for an amber ale as well as one of the better Abita offerings.
rosenbergh (9927) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle. 5.5%. From Stockholm, Sweden. Courtesy of mjs.
Clear dark ruby red colour with tiny head. Fruity and floral hops, mild bitterness and bready maltiness in aroma. Floral hops, nice mild dry bitterness and balancing malt in flavour. Rather nice.
deyholla (9821) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Clear, deep dark red color. Nice off-white head leaving plenty of lace. Carbonation is sharp, but not overdone. A more mild christmas ale. Malty, spicy, but less full-flavor, maybe more "watered down". Not much to the taste besides spices, a light bitterness. Some cinnamon and sweetness. Beautiful, but on of the better christmas ales.
j12601 (9550) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a brown reminiscent of a light brandy. Medium eggshell white head. Burnt nut aroma, spice, and malt. Flavor follows the nose, but certainly not the good parts. Flavor is burnt, and slightly acrid. Ended up drain pouring most of it.
DocLock (9504) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep burgundy color. Very hoppy. Tastes of malt, nutmeg, red wine. Finishes malty and slightly bitter, with hints of spiciness, and toffee.
gnoff (9472) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 First rating
Bottle at ekstedt tasting on December 2, 2011
355 ml, marked 5.5%
Clear brown color, small tan head. Sweet malty scent. Malty, grainy, bread taste. A bit flat mouthfeel, medium bitterness that is rather dry.
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Sampled on Dec 25, 2011. Marked 5.5% ABV
Clear dark copper to reddish brown color, medium tan head. Sweet, malty, fudge, roasted scent. Mineral, roasted, butter, dry taste. Dry mineral aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
slowrunner77 (9424) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"a little spice, a little hops, and a little citrus on the finish & (for the season) thin body. sorry there’s not more detail, but i had this over the winter and lost the notes. not a future revisit."