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RATINGS: 551   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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (4429) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Tap and in bottles at Sunset Grill late 2008. Sparse beige head runs away quickly from this ordinary amber-looking beer. Clear, with bits of cooked veggies, cardboard and hints of brown sugar making themselves known in the nose. What this has to do with christmas or any special occasion is anyones guess, as this, after trying some and then pouring the rest out, is a poorly lagered/brewed amber ale that dosent seem to even be brewed to the quality of their normal amber lager. Bland, flawed and with almost no trace of hops are anything else interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PMgep (184) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget. A bit boring for a Christmas beer. Some maltiness but nothing more exciting. Descent.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
BrewMaster0912 (49) - Marysville, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Pours a very dark cloudy brown with a very thick and frothy head when poured. It has a strong spruce aroma to it. The taste is a very strong hop/spruce flavor and is a bit overpowering. Leaves the tongue dry with an nasty aftertaste. Worst beer Iíve added on here so far and donít recommend it to anyone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartzluke (400) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 20, 2015
2014 recipe. 6 oz pour from refrigerated bottled into a sniffer glass. Pours hazy, nearly opaque with a finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left lots of lacing. Nose is spices, earth, and malt. Mouthfeel is moderate, though a bit watery. Tastes like a Christmas tree (and not in a bad way!). Lots of pine and spruce, plus some baking spices. Otherwise a mediocre brown ale. Nothing incredible, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1366) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle to pint glass Spruce, pepper, malt, black currants. Deep red with a thin tan head. Taste is lemon, toasted malt, spruce.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shanebrews (239) - Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
2014 recipe: The brew pours a copper color with a thick, pillowy head. The carbonation is mild and heads more than I expected. The flavor is heavy with malt, most notably a dark chocolate tone, but also bitter. The overall impression is of a modest Russian Imperial, and it is very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
benpickens (444) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Dark amber; hips dominates the nose with citrus and pine; hoppy oily bitter finish; tastes like an American pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jw0406 (943) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2015
12 oz bottle pours an amber color with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, light citrus, sweet malt. Light bodies, a little thin, but worth the try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
radagast83 (5953) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
12oz bottle. Poured a light amber color with a medium sized foamy off-white head. Aroma was light sweet malts, some caramel sweetness. Earthy hops. Flavor was mostly sweet, stale caramel with some light bland toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (7225) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
12 oz. bottle at home. Pours a deep amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bread, caramel, cinnamon and other spices, cookies, hints of dark dried fruit, dry, a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (953) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2014
12 oz bottle in NOLA. Pours amber with long lasting, white head. Aroma is of caramel and bready malt, piney hops, oranges and apricots. Body is medium and crisp. Caramel malt, herbal, piney hops and some ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, herbal. I think it is the better brew from Abita.

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