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RATINGS: 530   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Batch 2002: This is like a mildly spiced vienna and really isnít all that good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2002
2002 bottle, light copper clear color, has a thin white head, light malty grassy aroma, light malty sweet grainy flavors, watery thin mouthfeel like most of their brews, this is not a dark ale, I think this is weak for a winter brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Clearish maple syrup color, thin off-white head. Light in the aroma... sweet roasted piney... more like grainy pine wood as it warms. Papery spice taste. Kind of blah.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Iím not sure what Abita was trying to accomplish here, but they fell short of whatever it was. Itís a thin malty brew with the usual Christmas ale spices. The finish was water with a drop of acid in it. Not worth coming back to.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
The present for 2005... Abita had some leftover Octoberfest to bottle. The destinct marzen maltyness was there and the beer was balanced and crafted as Abita knows how to do but is was not good.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2006
(Besty by 04/23/2007) The spicing is on the light side, if this is spiced at all. The body is light a on the dry side. Not a whole lot going on here. Lamo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Orange-amber color with a long lasting head. Weak spicy hop and malt aromas. Underwhelming flavors with a mild hop presence and some malt. Thin, with a quick, bitter finish. Expected more.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2007
not bad. not fantastic. some spice, worth a winter try and thatís about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mmmbeer (1241) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
2007 ed. 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass- poured semi transparent darken amber, foamy off white head that slowly sank, aroma of lightly roasted malt. Hits the mouth with a thin body, extremely light malt and caramel defined, finish tails off with slight hop note. Was expecting something great from the appearance, but was let down.

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