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RATINGS: 565   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goodgrief (2010) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Feb. 2007 - Beer poured caramel brown and caramel aroma. Aroma was like unsweetened old ale...not very sweet, very mild flavor. Bready with some nutmeg. Not as horrible as most of the other christmas seasonals.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of dark malts and dusty cocoa notes. Taste is similar, but includes some toffee, peat and nutmeg. The finish seemed a little metallic. Average palate, and stronger than average carbonation. A decent and drinkable beer, but not very exciting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Pours very dark brown with basically no head. Nose is mildly leafy and earthy, though not very firm. Flavor is leafy and earthy. Smooth and even. Seems to be a touch of vanilla on the back side. Feel is a bit crisp with the carbonation and the liquid is decently smooth. An easy drinker. Cant really say it has a mass of character or is overly interesting. But its nice to drink.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2008
bottle. tastes of brown sugar, sweet spices and chalky dry malt. taste hangs in your mouth. the spices were decent but the palate makes it less than refreshing. not one i would have again.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1-21-08 bottle
Amber color with decent head and great lacing. Smells of pecans and malt. Taste is burning malt and very earthy - almost dirt-like. Palate is okay - nothing too great. Overall, not very good or enjoyable - just bland and ho hum.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14335) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Typical amber ale aroma, with something spicey besides, perhaps a bit of vanilla. Reddish copper color with a white head that rose and fell. Medium to full in body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is caramel, nutty, clove?, definitely spice things. The finish is fairly dry, and there is enough spice to balance any residual sweets. Not a lot of hop bitter. Decent drink, but not a typical highly flavored winter beast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Pours a transluscent maroonish copper color with an offwhite, lasting foamy head. Smell is spiced and hopped, and perhaps a bit toasty or nutty. Not a bad aroma, actually. Taste is a bit mild, but balanced between toasty bittersweet malt, hops and perhaps a spiced or nutty flavor, but maybe Im projecting that. I definitely prefer this to their standard year round beers that Ive tried. Pretty decent, very drinkable and far better than the percentage indicates I thought.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 sweet carmel and maybe molasses in the aroma. some spice, maybe a little choclate. a lot going on in the palate. too much. beer seems overly complicated, and i couldnt get a real feel for the flavor. alcohol didnt seem to be hidden at all, which brought it down for me. much like pecan harvest, i thought this was average, not necessarily bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12253) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy to rocky tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-some sweet (English) nutty, secondary citrus hops. Taste is medium malt-some sweet (English) nutty/some chocolate, secondary earthy/metallic hops. Occasional. OK/mild carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Pours bright amber with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of toffee, cinnamon, caramel, bready malt. Tastes of sweet toffee and caramel infused with xmas spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky with lush carbonation.


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