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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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2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 17, 2014
Transfer from BA - Poured from bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass Appearance - Brownish with a bit of red hue. A off color white head formed upon pouring, which gave way quickly with no lacing. Smell - Sweet smells of caramel and brown sugar up front. These are followed by nutmeg and possibly the slightest bit of cinnamon. Taste - Not as sweet as would have expected. Much more burnt tasting with a bit of spiciness of nutmeg. There are slight sweet notes of brown sugar later on, but they pale in what would be expected from the smell. Mouthfeel - Rather average. A little watery with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall - Nothing to special. If looking for a winter warmer this is not the brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (5406) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy brown copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice hoppy brown ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2794) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Reviewed from notes: pours a nice darker red amber color with off-white head. Some pine, spice, and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a cedar/oak wood note. Interesting.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beachmaster (525) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a massive khaki head that slowly fades and leaves good lacing. Nose is hops and pine. Taste is meh. Starts out OK, but fades to a bitter hoppy, piney finish. Nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear and rather dark brown color with moderate bubbly light tan head on it. Nose has some pine to me, and a little bit of sour fruit to make it just a bit Christmasy. Taste ends up being a tad sweet up front, but then blends into a very earthy finish. For Christmas, I like this, as its not overly spiced, like too many winters are.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2602) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Pours a light khaki, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Burnt wood nose, flavor is slightly hoppy spicy and malty. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Berts Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
msalsbury (32) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2014
The aroma is hoppy with a hint of spice. The flavor matches the aroma. Its mildly hoppy, hoppier than I care for in a Christmas Ale but not nearly as hoppy as Revolution Fistmas or Rogue Santas Private Reserve Ale. There is a strong malt flavor, as youd expect for the dark brown color. Theres something else here, too. I cant tell if its ginger or nutmeg, or maybe both. Its subtle. The holiday flavor I look for in a Christmas Ale just isnt here. Its not a bad beer, but there are so many other Christmas beers I like better (like Hoppin Frog Frosted Frog, Thirsty Dogs 12 Dogs of Christmas, Ommegang Adoration, or Corsendonk).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (4664) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Hazy red with a creamy coloured top. Smella both of hops and winter spices such as clove and cinnamon, tastes spicy and bitter. Full body, long and spicy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (993) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Licorice, butterscotch and cotton candy aromas from a slightly hazy amber body with a foamy tan head. Caramel and butterscotch sweetness hits up front followed by a toasty bready malt with a slight sour tinge around the side of the tongue. Theres some earthy, piney hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness nicely. Leaves a fairly substancial woody flavor behind with hints of the sugary caramel. Unfortunately like most of Abitas beers, the body is just a bit too thin to support the flavor properly. Still a good Christmas beer though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkSachon (1000) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
2013 vintage. 12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle on Route 8 in Pittsburgh. Red hues and a small head on the first sip. Some scents of spice and exotics. Could have been better lacking a few things common to this type.


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