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RATINGS: 2046   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ebone1988 (1175) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2015
2014. Aroma is ginger, figs or some other dark fruit, nutmeg, malt. Appearance is a foggy reddish brown with a light tan head. Taste is figs, ginger, nutmeg, disappears very quickly. Mouthfeel is a decent carbonation but the flavor is very light and leaves immediately, which I suppose isn’t horrible. Overall, this beer is well past its prime yet somehow I doubt I would enjoy it more fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlandersNed (392) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2015
12oz bottle dated 2014. Finings-laden dark mahogany color, low tan foam. Sweet spice nose. Nutmeg, pine resin, cinnamon, raisin, clove, toasted wood & more notes in the tongue. Full- body and medium+ carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (4585) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2015
355ml bottle at home, from Appellation Wines, Dalry Road, Edinburgh, spicy, toffee aroma, brown, thin bubbly beige head, no lacing, sweet spicy, malty, viscous

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch (4229) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2015
12oz bottle shared with mr_h. Almost black, big foamy head. Leafy treacle aroma. Flavour of cinnamon and other spices. Sour aftertaste. Not my sort of beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KW92 (1093) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2015
WYGLĄD: Barwa brązowa, zmętnione. Piana średniej wysokości, drobna.
AROMAT: Średnio intensywny. Przyprawy korzenne, słody i nuty żywiczne (leśne).
SMAK: Słodowe z przyjemnie rozgrzewającymi przełyk przyprawami. Goryczka wysoka, zalegająca.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (668) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
2013 Version- Pours a very dark brown mahogany color with a thick tan head on top. Smells of mellow spiced fruit, toffee, molasses, pine resin, and gingerbread. Dry, spiced, somewhat gingerbread-y flavor. A little tart fruit, spruce, bitter chocolate, orange peel, and faint maple. Medium body, creamy texture, with a slickness that sticks to the tongue. Definitely better as it warms up.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (1439) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2015
Light brown lasting foam and a delicate aroma of fig, plum and roasted malt. The taste varies over hard roasted malt, a little hazelnut, fig, dried dark fruit (prune / raisin) candied and dark bitter chocolate. It is without doubt a very delicious ale with clearly Belgian touch. It signals Christmas with large ’C’ and tastes determined by more than 5.5% alcohol as the label says. The bitterness is gentle, yet present, and put a beautiful end to the many flavors that bombards the taste buds to a degree almost become too violent. Now one should not complain when a brewmaster pampers with all its artist, but less hard roasted malt, less heavy fruit hues and easier fullness had also dressed this great ale. Semi-dry aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (1225) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Malt and spices, real pleasing Appearance- A reddish-black with a small off-white head Taste- Once again the malt and spices are present. this time they are in the flavor and they deliver: very nice Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An excellent version of a winter warmer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (2384) - GREECE - JUL 4, 2015
355ml bottle v2012. Dark brown color with light beige head. Malty aroma, spicy, nutmeg, some cinnamon, dark dried fruits, light chocolate and licorice, caramel. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (817) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2015
2014 bottle, deep brown beer, good almond head, good lace. Aroma cinnamon, raisin, molasses, coffee. Taste is cinnamon, rootbeer, coffee, cloves. Palate a little light, but ok, carbonation nicely subdued. This should be mulled, I think, or done as a flip.


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