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RATINGS: 524   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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2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ccex (893) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (3438) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2014
2013 12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma of pale and caramel malts, some floral and citrusy hops, light spices, and light dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not a bad beer at all.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (858) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
An altogether unremarkable, but drinkable ale. I wish I had anything else to say about this, but I donít.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beachmaster (57) - North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a massive khaki head that slowly fades and leaves good lacing. Nose is hops and pine. Taste is meh. Starts out OK, but fades to a bitter hoppy, piney finish. Nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkSachon (506) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
2013 vintage. 12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle on Route 8 in Pittsburgh. Red hues and a small head on the first sip. Some scents of spice and exotics. Could have been better lacking a few things common to this type.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (667) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Licorice, butterscotch and cotton candy aromas from a slightly hazy amber body with a foamy tan head. Caramel and butterscotch sweetness hits up front followed by a toasty bready malt with a slight sour tinge around the side of the tongue. Thereís some earthy, piney hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness nicely. Leaves a fairly substancial woody flavor behind with hints of the sugary caramel. Unfortunately like most of Abitaís beers, the body is just a bit too thin to support the flavor properly. Still a good Christmas beer though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3085) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear and rather dark brown color with moderate bubbly light tan head on it. Nose has some pine to me, and a little bit of sour fruit to make it just a bit Christmasy. Taste ends up being a tad sweet up front, but then blends into a very earthy finish. For Christmas, I like this, as itís not overly spiced, like too many winters are.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Pours a light khaki, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Burnt wood nose, flavor is slightly hoppy spicy and malty. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Bertís Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
msalsbury (16) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2014
The aroma is hoppy with a hint of spice. The flavor matches the aroma. Itís mildly hoppy, hoppier than I care for in a Christmas Ale but not nearly as hoppy as Revolution Fistmas or Rogue Santaís Private Reserve Ale. There is a strong malt flavor, as youíd expect for the dark brown color. Thereís something else here, too. I canít tell if itís ginger or nutmeg, or maybe both. Itís subtle. The ďholidayĒ flavor I look for in a Christmas Ale just isnít here. Itís not a bad beer, but there are so many other Christmas beers I like better (like Hoppiní Frog Frosted Frog, Thirsty Dogs 12 Dogs of Christmas, Ommegang Adoration, or Corsendonk).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (2004) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Hazy red with a creamy coloured top. Smella both of hops and winter spices such as clove and cinnamon, tastes spicy and bitter. Full body, long and spicy finish.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jkwalking05 (3504) - 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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