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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9036) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2008
A reddish tinge. Above average carbonation. Initially yeast and then malt, spice in background. Mediumm mouthfeel, with a bit of water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2009
Tap at Standing Bar. Deep amber beer with a thin white head. Aroma is a little bit buttery with a soft malty character. A little bit fruity and a little bit spicy. A light earthy character as well. It’s kind of an indistinct brew, but it’s decent enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
3fourths (8288) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle is labeled 09/2003. Sour malt and grain smell all over this thing. Moldy grains and moss, rotting wood, etc. Boring and plain, which is probably better than tasting like it smells. Has a red hue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (8153) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
12 oz bottlw with a shiny silver label. It has nothign noting what vintage it is, I am assuming 2010. It pours a clear reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. The head doesn’t stick for a huge amount of time and recedes with some decent lacing. The smell is pretty hoppy for a Christmas beer. It ahs some nice citrus. There is also a papery smell and dark bread. The flavor is kind of dull, it is a watery brown ale. Nothing exciting about it. Metallic flavor. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-29-2010 04:23:24

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8080) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
Deep burgundy color. Very hoppy. Tastes of malt, nutmeg, red wine. Finishes malty and slightly bitter, with hints of spiciness, and toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (8067) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (8005) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (7498) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (7210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ughsmash (7202) - 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.

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