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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.


3.9
   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.

3
   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

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (170) - 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.

3.5
   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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1978) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (1572) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESPh (69) - 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.

3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (533) - 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.

3.5
   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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