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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
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 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Clear dark amber, Some nutmeg caramel and toffee aromas. Taste is same, predominately sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
pours a pale orange color. not much aroma wise except a little maltiness. some grain flavors pull through but mostly roasted malt and alcohol after a few sips. kinda blah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Opaque brown pour, low head and lace. Peppery alcoholic aroma. Strange orange peel with green apple, spicy, pepper. Thick and slightly unpleasant. A hint of cinnamon, I think they were going for a hot apple cider flavor, could be worse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Dark reddish colour with an off-white head. Caramel, lightly roasted, nuts, cardboard, a bit sourish. Dry finish. Watery and boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClubGonzo (4753) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle. Deep copper body, small white head. Nose is honey, grass, caramel malts and hints of toffee. Taste is licorice, sweet caramel and herbal grassy hops. Balanced perhaps, but boring and without direction.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. Picked up off the 99 cent rack. Figured it couldnít be that bad, well I was wrong. Not a lot of flavor or aroma going on here. Would expect at least a little bit of "Christmas" flavor in there. Searched and came up short.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
A: Pours a murky mahogany color body with a fleeting one-finger off-white colored head. Lacing is nice, but the glass put a kibosh on its retention (not like people give a crap about head retention, anyways). S: Black pepper, coriander, nutmeg, and strong citrus notes - seemingly not from hops, but perhaps a bit of orange peel added to the brew? Itís strange, but it somehow works. T: Ack. This doesnít. Starts off with a one-two punch of black pepper and orange peel (not citrus hoppiness), without a solid malt base to hold it up. The finish is strangely ashy, where the malt backbone goes from nearly non-existent to intrusively burnt. It didnít completely offend my taste buds, it just left them wholly unimpressed. M: Far too watery on the finish and thin bodied in my opinion. Strong carbonation helps a little bit, but not nearly enough. O: Aesthetically, itís pretty nice. And I did get it down fairly easy. But, still, itís not a good beer. I give Abita credit for trying something different with their Christmas ale, but Iím thankful this wonít be around for much longer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeremyh70 (890) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Brown color with small head and little lacing. Aroma of grassy hops and nutmeg. Weird twang of nutmeg and then piney with a vegetal quality. Some strange flavors I can't put my finger on. Thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Strange tasting and not very Christmassy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ccex (1082) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a clear dark copper/brown with moderate off-whte head and good lacing. Aroma is nutty and malty with some bizzare chemicals added. Smells something like a taxidermistís shop. Taste is slightly bitter with a nutty finish. This is not a good Christmas beer, and a below average amber ale. It was difficult for me to finish one, which, thankfully was the only one I bought from my storeís $1 closeout rack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jkwalking05 (4231) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) 12 oz botle. Amber in color with a small beige head, and clear. Aroma is carmel, brown sugar, and dried fruits. Taste is watered down, caramel, and soapy.

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