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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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MercyDevice (345) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a rich dark brown with a full, light brown head. Complex; with fruit, nut, and coffee notes. Just the right amount of bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (1991) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2013
2013 bottle. Dark amber colour with creamy golden head. Aroma is unsurprisingly spicy, ginger, cloves, parma violets, cinnamon maybe, bit of malty creaminess there too. Taste is not so spicy, lots of sweet maltiness, spice lingering in the background, light citrus, rasins, dark fruit. Bit thin maybe. Nice enough though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2013
12 oz. bottle. pour brown with a little thin wispy khaki head. Aroma has plenty of Christmas spice. Taste is more Christmas spice malt. Palate is medium and dry/chalky. Fine beer, not all that exciting.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gizmo_ber (157) - - DEC 21, 2013
2013 edition. Great spice blend, but goes down very smooth and creamy. A delicious ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Anchor’s 2013 version of their "Special Ale" during the holiday and/or winter solstice season. Pours dark, with big tan head. While dark, it is not heavy. Has a robust malty, spicy flavor. Much better than the last two "Christmas beers" I have had...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2565) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, ginger, nutmeg, juniper, spruce, brown bread, licorice, floral, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, ginger, juniper, nutmeg, herbal, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, juniper, ginger, nutmeg, brown bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good winter warmer style. Good balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (501) - Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Big bomber 2013 recipe..pours a dark brown black with a slight tan head..nose is reminiscent of piney tree sap..molasses..maple syrup..pretty interesting..light bodied smooth almost creamy mouthfeel that has flavor profile almost a match with the nose..quite easy to drink..nice tasting..great looking bottle..Christmas tree is awesome..enjoyable..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (2928) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle 0,33ltr: Dark brown coloured brew with red glow. Bitter taste and some pine-like flavors, some hints of dark chocolate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1190) - Bodø, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle at home. Has a slightly hazy reddish brown colour with a beige, medium, coffee-like head. Interesting and complex aroma of cloves, more spices, licorice, port, dried fruit, chocolate and oak. Very spicy and medicinal flavour with a slightly sour touch, and more pine. Smooth mouth feel, and a light bitterness. Complex and interesting aroma. One of a kind beer, but the flavour is not my cup of tea.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Mild vegetable quality, gingerbread quality, musty, clove vibe but ultimately a bit thin and slightly watery, dank. Not my cup of tea.


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