brownaler (749) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2018 scarletfire65 (1546) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2016 A pretty beer with a clear amber brown pour and a tall creamy off white head. The aroma is spice, roasted nuts, citrus, and piney hops. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Slightly sweet, good spice, toasted malt, and a nice low key bitterness. Feels smooth and well rounded on the finish. A nice Christmas Ale with the spices in check, not just another ginger - cinnamon - orange rind bomb.
4/4/16 - This year’s version tastes remarkably like the review I wrote for the 2011 version. I thought it changed every year, but of course I can’t remember the original one that I had. Still good though.
Marshmallow and amber malts with a finish ilthat has rough hops. Pretty confusing beer. downender (9054) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2017
Bottle from Harris Teeter in Alexandria, VA.Medium brown in colour, with a slight, off-white, head. Toasty malts, slight touch of berry fruit, hint of chocolate, leading to a bitter finish. Ok. wombat23 (2165) - Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, bread, nuts. Some fruitiness. Taste follows nose. Has some burnt notes, maybe some spruce. Caramel and spices. Not great, but probably one of Abita's better efforts. jsmerig (1748) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 Pours a clear mahogany with a tan head. Aroma of roasted cocoa with piney hops. The taste is cocoa and earthy hops with a nice bitterness to offset the malt. Overall bitterness seems to come from a roasted note that rounds out the beer well. cofmanb (44) - - DEC 7, 2017
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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rollinsr (854) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - DEC 2, 2017
Pours brown and slightly hazy with a film of off-white head. Aroma is slightly nutty malt. Flavor is nutty as well with some smoked malt character.
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Bottle. Pours a amber reddish color. Easy drinking darker session ale but not my favorite. More like light version of the heavier dark ales sinfull (1870) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Reddish amber color. Thin , white head. Caramel malt and hint of hops in aroma. Decent , hoppy bitterness in taste. A bit watery . not bad in general , but something is missing. jandd1983 (4720) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2016
On tap at 40 Brews. It poured a light amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of malts, caramel and some hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more malts, caramel, toffee, hops, pine and some sweetness. The aftertaste was mild with some light toffee. Interesting. Kleg (461) - The Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2016
Murky dark amber pour with a beige head and very good retention. Decent lacing. Tastes like a muted scotch ale. Slightly harsh mouthfeel. Meh. Not a great profile. They say they change the recipe each year but it tastes the same as past years to me.