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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ttoadee (1355) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Orange/brown pour, finger off white head. Nose is tangerines, hint of booze. Bittersweet. Middle is pine & spruce tips (some bark floating there too), bitter citrus peel, and medium roasted malt. Finish is bitter. Little out of balance.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Most winter beers fall in one place for me: the middle. Theyre typically not ones to teeter to the bad or the great, but this one teeters more toward the former direction and Im not totally sure why. I guess its because its more bitter than a winter beer typically is, but its not terrible.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sjohnny (563) - - NOV 24, 2015
Smells like a Christmas tree....so it's got that. Pours a cloudy reddish honey amber with a thick foamy very light tan head. Pine, earth, bitter finish. Thin mouthfeel. It's not bad or anything.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle. Red. Spruce tree and pine. Very Christmassy. Solid for the gimmick of a holiday beer. Wouldn't get it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
brsechins (4) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 9, 2015 does not count
Pours as a slightly red tinted amber with an off white head. Aroma is slightly malty with hints of holiday spices and leather that is overpowered by spruce. First taste is an unbalanced bitterness that is dominated by spruce and very subtly sweet. It finishes overly dry with a lingering bitterness. Not Abitas best work.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BozzBoyer (39) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Appearance: Amber Red. Aroma: Carmel, Malt, Roast, Spice, Leather. Taste: Carmel, Almond, Spice, Bread Crust. More of a brown ale aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PMgep (274) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget. A bit boring for a Christmas beer. Some maltiness but nothing more exciting. Descent.

0.9
   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 Ive added on here so far and dont recommend it to anyone.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartzluke (598) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1940) - 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.


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