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RATINGS: 1826   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This is our special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons appears born anew.

Editor’s Note: due to the significant similarity in style and strength from year to year (despite potential differences in the exact spice blend), this beer is no longer separated by vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Aroma of orange rind, dark fruit, nutmeg-like spices. Flavor of unique spices and fruit. Somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes a bit flat. Finish and aftertaste of oranges, spice, and a fruit rind bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dodgrblu (604) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle shared at Christmas 2013 at Timfoolery's. Aroma is fruit and spices, finish is bready. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (169) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1163) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 25, 2013
large offwhite fizzy creamy head. excellent lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick dark brown body. aroma: caramel, metal, moderate malty, chocolate, mild coffee. if: light sweet bitter. ff: light sweet bitter very light acidic; long duration. palate: light medium body, watery texture, metallic finish, medium carbonation. leve presença cítrica/acídica surge como defeito. sabor maltado, condimentado (lembra hortelã), levemente picante. dulçor com presença de chocolate e leve café. Lembra Stout. 90s

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1950) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2013
Last beer of the night. Bottle from Yamaichi but Seijo Ishii has it as well for about 420yen. A coca-cola brown pour with a tan head that leaves quickly but has good lacing. I had the 2012 last year & warm it was a spice bomb but from the fridge it was tasty. This time I am having it from my fridge. The nose is spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander & cloves. Yum. The beer is medium bodied, the flavor a bunch of spices but they’re in harmony with some malty graham notes, sweet fruity finish that give me a cherry vibe. The best value Christmas beer around. If you love spices let it warm up, if not drink it cold. Merry Christmas Everyone!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (1534) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
355ml bottle from Beeritz, Leeds. Quite a powerful aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and assorted ’Christmas pot pourri’ type spices that my Mum used to fill the house with at Christmas. Body was thinner than I expected, a little nutty with a mild malt character. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESPh (68) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2013 edition. Nice dark color with a decent head. Fairly sweet with hints of nutmeg and coffee. Little bitterness. Not too thick, body is right for the flavor. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boisebeerguy (80) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Good spice aroma and taste to this beer. Not to heavy for how dark it is. I’m always happy to see this on the shelf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (531) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Pours a dark black with a thick light brown head. A mix aroma of dark fruit, Christmas spices, and some malt. Taste is light with a mix of fruit, spices including cinnamon and nutmeg, malt, some raisins and light coffee. A light aftertaste. Overall a good Christmas beer which I purchased in a 51oz bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blade86 (562) - Wrocław, POLAND - DEC 24, 2013
dark brown, rather clear, mederate tanned long-lasting foam; blackberries and other fruits, coffee, spices, maybe nuts; medium bitterness, light to medium sweetness, slightly sour; full body but rather thin(ish), average(-) carbonation, long bitter, coffeeish finish; Overall: pleasant beer for Xmas night

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