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RATINGS: 539   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: Nothing really special and not at all really Christmasy. Just a well-made, nicely-balanced amber ale. Fairly British. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark amber that was nearly brown in the glass with a large to huge, beige head that diminished very slowly and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate toasted and nutty malts; light caramel; moderate resinous and earthy hops; and light floral and citrus hops. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and bitter; while the finish was slightly sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic with an average to long duration. There was caramel, citrus hops, toasted and nutty malts, earthy and resinous hops and burnt malt. The light to medium body was a little watery with soft carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic if anything finish.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (4074) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Orange peel, peanut hull nose, not strong. Clear tea colored, medium cream colored head. Quite metallic, pecan, and cardboard flavor, subtle juniper berry accents. Light body. Pretty disappointing, especially since age is not a factor for this seasonal beer sampled in season.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
baraciisch (2009) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Clear reddish mahogany, foamy beige head... Aroma of malty wort, spices... Slightly soapy... Flavor is totally boring, watery thin base with rotten spices throughout... Poor effort ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bubblehouse (503) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Below average. Weak aroma and a really plain taste. Wasn’t expecting much but still drinkable in a pinch.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmongoose (1389) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 3, 2014
12oz bottle shared. Pours a clear dark amber to copper color smallish head. Aroma is of chocolate and hops. Flavor is mild spice, chocolate and hops. Really not sure what this is suppose to be.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
strongpieman (1538) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Medium body, light brown, clear. Malt aroma, some spice, taste and finish are a little off.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fiveacestx (634) - Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle - Dark tea color with a bubbly head with retention. Has a rubbery hop taste. Some spices. Medium body. There are much better Christmas ales out there.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JHeath99 (1117) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Tap. Pours a transparent amber work a layer of off white head. Aroma and taste of malts and small amounts of spice.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nejhleader (1264) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2014
A 2014 version. Has a grass aroma with a hint of chocolate and hops. Taste is a toasted cereal with a hint of hops.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"a little spice, a little hops, and a little citrus on the finish & (for the season) thin body. sorry there’s not more detail, but i had this over the winter and lost the notes. not a future revisit."

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TattooJack (159) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2014
I don’t think this beer was in season, the best before date was marked 3/14/12 (bought on 9/7/14) I didn’t see that until after I finished the 6-pack. Nice brown ale, hope I don’t die.


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