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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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2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel and just all around earthy. I really didnt get too much out of this one and wrote down all around bland. Thinner body.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Pours a clear orange pink color with a nice amount of froathy white head. Aroma aint too hot: mostly just some caramel malt and a slightly hayish sour undertone. Flavor too is off the mark: slightly nutty and sweet, but mostly stale overcarbonated sweet brown sugar thats watered down. Overall, very subpar.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle. 05 Pours with a ~1cm. off white head. Color is a nice reddish amber. Clear. Head disappears quickly. Definite spice in the nose. Very light at first, almost watery, then a little spicy then a caramel / nutty maltiness going down. Light, dry mouthfeel. Just OK as far as winter / x-mas ales go.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2006
05, I assume (different label from the one pictured - silver label). Clear dark amber pour with a generous rocky off white head. I can smell hops from 8" away from my glass. Grassy hop aroma, upon further inspection. As I swirl the beer and take a big whiff...YIKES!...I smell my nephew Alains dirty diaper. Wait, let me try this again, maybe I am mistaken. DAMN. nope. still smells like dirty ass. Well, I guess I will try a little. Hope it doesnt taste like it smells. Tastes to me like an english pale ale. Kind of muted hop flavors, needs something to make them jump out at you. They are there, maybe just confined by that damn diaper, I dont know. Sweet malt along with hints of toasted malts. This could be a decent beer with a little tweaking, to bring those hops out better.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2006
05: Deep copper; mostly clear; thinnish head. Medium body. Quite a bit of toast throughout. A little sweet corn follows in the finish. Subtle aromas of wood and smoke and spice. Cracker-like, whole grain characteristics build over time. Grassy-herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Some off-flavors of cardboard, and its a little flat-flavored, if that makes any sense.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Eh. That is about all I can say about it. Not much aroma and even though there is a nice hoppy bitter finish there is too much grain corn taste.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2006
What the world needs more of (and certainly this beer does) is more head. Dissipated very quickly. Very little aroma and tasted flat. Maybe the bottle...I dont know. A very uninspiring brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Nice head, pours medium brown. Aroma is faint, flavor is nutty. The beer is quite watery and not robust at all, not what is typically expected from a winter ale. Not that great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2006
2005. Pours light brown with a frothy tan head. It has a sweet and malty aroma and has a similar flavor. It reminds me of an oktberfest style of beer. A little sticky on the palate. Overall, a decent beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcr (2647) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2005. This beer just didnt seem to have the umph one expects in a Chritstmas/winter ale. Poured copper color with moderate head. If you work at it, you can get a nose of sweet malts and spice. These are more apparent in the flavor which yields cinnamon and nutmeg and a bit of sweetness underneath. Smooth, crisp finish with a fading bitter aftertaste. Thin going on medium body. Better Christmas ales are available.


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