ccex (1022) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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 taxidermist’s 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 store’s $1 closeout rack.
bartzluke (120) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 20, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
dfearnley (1159) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Spruce, pepper, malt, black currants. Deep red with a thin tan head. Taste is lemon, toasted malt, spruce.
Shanebrews (215) - Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
benpickens (425) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber; hips dominates the nose with citrus and pine; hoppy oily bitter finish; tastes like an American pale ale.
jw0406 (872) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
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radagast83 (5380) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
alexsdad06 (6622) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
mike67 (887) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
nasmith003 (141) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
roasty, nuts, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, lightly bitter, medium body, average carbonation,
deyholla (7634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Ashley’s. Pours a near clear deep amber with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is full of Christmas spice with a bit of sweet grains and spruce. Flavor is similarly full of spice with a sweet grain backbone.