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RATINGS: 550   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (528) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Cloudy orange appearance, sweet nose. Malty taste with orange peel. Piney blandish aftertaste. 28%??? Naw, the sweet maltiness deserves a better rating though it does not have the spicycomplexity of a xmas ale.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Pours amber with off-white head and foamy lacing. Notes of pine mostly. Tastes of pine mostly.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 This brew poured up a dark amber colored body with a one-finger thick off-white colored head; moderate retention and minimal lacing. Aromas of citrusy hops, harvest spices (nutmeg, etc.) and orange zest. Flavors are rather bland making this brew a good chugger/quaffer for those into that sort of drinking style. Near medium-bodied, watered-down with a bland and tasteless finish. I was a bit dismayed at this brew and hope that future runs will improve. NOTE: This was the 2010 release.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Enjoyed on tap at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone. What a great bar!! It goes around and around. Do you know how many famous people have sat at/in that bar? TONS!! Great spot for a drink when you’re in NOLA. The beer was malty, light to medium sweet, hint of caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2004
This is a rather nice Christmas ale. I’ve thus far liked all the Christmas ales I’ve had. A nice dark chocolatey flavor with a sweet aroma--smells of cinnamon and chocolate. You’ll like this. Check it out.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2007
bottle. okay so basically as far as I can tell they took the amber and added more hops to the brewing process. unfortunatly it didn’t blend well. seems like two beers put together that aren’t big fans of each other. strong caramel and floral aroma. flavor is lightly bitter throughout. not a bad beer but not a successful attemp either.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Poured a clear orange/amber color that had decent size creamy off-white head that lasted for a while. Aroma is malty, citrusy, and also of hops. The flavor was hoppier than expected. Malty up front with hop bitterness in the end. Decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Okay beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2009
2009 Bottle, pours a copper beer with a thin offwhite head. Aroma is moslty dominated by roasty nutty malt. Flavor is clean and thin roasty nut. End is clean and body is pretty thin. Good sesh beer

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottled. Clear amber with a foamy head. Not much aroma...some malt. Nothing going on to differentiate this "spice" beer from any other lager on the market. Too many better X-mas ales to waste time with this one. Next.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
There is a very earthy funkiness going on in both aroma and taste. Musty maybe? Very much on the thin side. Hints of a caramelly malty sweetness, but it never really goes anywhere. Not much else to say.


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