RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   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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teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Why did Abita feel they had to brew an IPA? There’s too many of those kinds of beer on the shelves. I’m a malt head and I’m proud of it. I don’t hate hops, but I can’t stand it when a beer is just over-hopped to the point of it being undrinkable.

DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Found this in my local distributor on sale for a good price. Brought it home and was suprised. Good overall flavor with some caramel and spice. Very rich for a basic amber. Finishes with a little malt and brown sugar.

Goodgrief (2039) - 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.

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.

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. Can’t really say it has a mass of character or is overly interesting. But it’s nice to drink.

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.

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.

bhensonb (15338) - 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.

lb4lb (2602) - 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 I’m projecting that. I definitely prefer this to their standard year round beers that I’ve tried. Pretty decent, very drinkable and far better than the percentage indicates I thought.

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.

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