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RATINGS: 1962   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (513) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
Dark ruddy brown with a small off-white head. Dried fruit and spice aroma. Medium body. Nicely balanced flavour with spices, including ginger and nutmeg, sitting beside brown bread crust malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOnPops (2) - Summit, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2014 does not count
A dark, spicy ale with a hint of nuts. I tried the 2014 vintage and disappointed in it given its high rating here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (4333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Had the 2014. Brown copper pour. Tan thick head. Sugary and creamy brown sugar and sweet. Flavorful obviously. Good. Poured from a bottle at Delilahs Christmas tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (2294) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
November 13, 2014. Bottle at home. Deep ruby red with a small tan head Aroma is spicy with juniper, pine needles, caramel and black berries. Taste is medium sweet caramel and dark berries with a dry spicy and light bitter finish. Smooth medium bodied with soft carbonation..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Peter_L (1186) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2014
Flaska från SB. Underlig doft som luktar kryddbod och parfym. Smaken är likadan. Nä tvi. Julens klart vedervärdigaste öl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoigniew (89) - Łęczna, POLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Na ecie rocznik 2013. Aromat przyprawowy - korzenny, cynamonowy, cukierkowy, czuć piernik. W smaku - cherry, bombonierkowe - baryłki z likierem cherry, słodkie, korzenne, goryczka niska, na finiszu wyraźny kompot z suszu co czyni to piwo najbardziej świątecznym jakie dotąd próbowałem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sebastian_F (2) - Gävle, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014 does not count
A nice aroma with hints of chocolate, raisins, vanilla and nuts. A very subtle liquorice tone. Almost wine-red to brown-red in apperance, with a white head that quickly disipates. A light taste of raisin, liqourice, chocolate and brown sugar, with traces of vanilla and bread. Light body, thin texture, soft carbonation and a relativly short finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (804) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a bubbly tan head - surprisingly dark, looks kind of like a stout. Some christmas spices in the aroma; a bit like a ginger snap, with notes of nutmeg, molasses, caramel. Flavour is malty, some molasses and caramel with a blend of holiday dessert spices, some fruitcake notes. A little lighter bodied than it looks, but tasty and definitely interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3582) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2014
12oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington. Dark brown pour with thin beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, christmas spice, little licorice. Tastes are roasted malt, herbal, clove, cardamon, raisins, little citrus. Soda vibe. Interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
wihlan (403) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
Flaska från systemet - Doftar verkligen jul och lite parfym. Färgen påminner om julmust och med vitt skum. Har en tydlig smak av jul med men tyvärr smakar den parfym med.

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