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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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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wshores (58) - Saltillo, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
unusual cloudy orangeish color, slight spicy aroma, flavor is ok with a strange spicy flavor. Hope its better next year

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
highibus (817) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Blechhhh. No aroma hardly at all. Decent lacing from the off white head. But there is just no flavor here, definitely no flavor making it a Christmas beer. Awfully light and delicate. Glad I only bought 1.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Ok. These Christmas style ales are becoming a bigger let down than Christmas itself. Lots of promises here. Loverly amber pour, clarity is good. Head is massive. Nose hits you as, oh man. Awsome. A cask styled ale. woo. surprise right? Did not even say on the bottle it was aged all year in ol Jack Daniels discards. I will go into this like I am some recent college graduate on a field trip with his girlfriend in Sonoma Valley, puckering up to average vinted steel fermented wines, with the aim to prove I am ...cultured. Right. About as cultured as the Petri Dish included in Jack Kevorcians 5th grade chemistry set. So yes. Abita. Thanks for the memories, but the malted, semi hopped beverage you call a Christmas ale has left a rather dull taste in my mouth. Add a little caramel flavour and call it a day. Now to floss the grains out of me teeth.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2621) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2008
the somewhat good flavor of toasted dishwater hops can be coaxed out of the brew if swished hard thru the grill otherwise the beer is some dark cherry type malt somewhat sweet and somewhat bland a hint of some kind of sweet spice that is hardly discernable enough to argue over. even with the decent abv the beer still just too light and too weak especially to be called Christmas

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Light amber with a small white head. Peppery aroma and flavor. Kind of spicy, yet strangely bland. Mostly just caramel malt with a dash of spice. Thin. Not a lot going for it. Meh.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (7904) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a amber, clear body. Aroma is hop. Taste is hoppy bitterness. Not a huge fan of ambers in general.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
6 pack from liquor depot in monee. clear amber color, medium off white head, very attractive lacing. aroma of sweet malt. flavor of lightly bitter chocolate, raisin, sweet malt. medium bodied, lightly bitter finish. a mildly disappointing brew.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
j12601 (9890) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brown reminiscent of a light brandy. Medium eggshell white head. Burnt nut aroma, spice, and malt. Flavor follows the nose, but certainly not the good parts. Flavor is burnt, and slightly acrid. Ended up drain pouring most of it.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2009
From bottle. Very mild roast aroma with light fruity character and a bit of floral hops. Not strong in the nose one way or another. Dark amber clear with thin off-white head. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with light roasted sweetness and some grainy astringency. Fairly bitter notes throughout including the finish. Light chalky bitter after. No distinguishing spice that I would make it a Christmas ale.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2009
The aroma has some pine, caramel, chocolate, toasted malt, and a bit of nuts. The appearance is light brown with an amber hue and a two finger head. The flavor is like the aroma but weak and a bit astringent. The palate is a bit thin. Overall not a bad beer but nothing special.


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