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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Clean amber hue with a small fizzy head and minmal lace. The aroma has notes of pepper, clove, piney and grassy hops, grainy and caramel malts and bit of a veggie tone. The taste starts spicy and grassy with a slight malt background. Some light lingering bittering but did not provide much depth of palate. The feel was thin and watery, some astrengent qualities. Very sub-par offering and wished for more.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2006
05, I assume (different label from the one pictured - silver label). Clear dark amber pour with a generous rocky off white head. I can smell hops from 8" away from my glass. Grassy hop aroma, upon further inspection. As I swirl the beer and take a big whiff...YIKES!...I smell my nephew Alain’s dirty diaper. Wait, let me try this again, maybe I am mistaken. DAMN. nope. still smells like dirty ass. Well, I guess I will try a little. Hope it doesn’t taste like it smells. Tastes to me like an english pale ale. Kind of muted hop flavors, needs something to make them jump out at you. They are there, maybe just confined by that damn diaper, I don’t know. Sweet malt along with hints of toasted malts. This could be a decent beer with a little tweaking, to bring those hops out better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2007
I don’t know what it is about christmas beers that attract me, but I feel obligated to try them. I’ll try to clean them up today.
2006 bottle. All silver label. Clear copper with a huge head. Fair lacing. Definitely NOT a spice/vegetable. Smelled of toasted nuts and malts, and earthy hops. Fairly sweet taste. Light to medium body. Moderate sweet and light bitter taste. A bit thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 19, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a moderate head that faded away after a few minutes. Very light aroma of malt and caramel. Almost immediately, there is a dry bitterness that kicks in, but the beer itself lacks any flavor. A bit thin. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours amber in color with a small off-white head. Faint malty aroma with light caramel, and a hint of some spices. Flavor was bland and light bodied with sweet malts, caramel, and some notes of spice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
Light cocoa powder, grassy faint citrus hops and perhaps a light sweet spiciness in the nose. Clear amber brown coloured body sports a quickly receding off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass. Nutty and toasty malts with herbal hops, light spices and perhaps a touch of fruit character. Dry body with somewhat low carbonation. Somehow this isn’t the celebration I was expecting from Christmas in the Big Easy. Bottle sampled with Beershine and Oakes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 sweet carmel and maybe molasses in the aroma. some spice, maybe a little choclate. a lot going on in the palate. too much. beer seems overly complicated, and i couldnt get a real feel for the flavor. alcohol didnt seem to be hidden at all, which brought it down for me. much like pecan harvest, i thought this was average, not necessarily bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
djd07 (10522) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber color wtih a medium frothy off white head. The aroma is malt with a nuts and caramel. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is roasted malt and brown sugar. Not too much going on with this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a brown with coppery highlights and a smallish and bubbly tan head. Aromas are of spice and wet cardboard... on second approach the cardboard is gone and replaced with toffee-like malt. Flavor is highly spiced with mixed water and toffee malt... and comes off as artificial and sugary and watered down. I could do without another of these, thanks.

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