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RATINGS: 1821   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (470) - 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 (2873) - 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 (1150) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2013. Dark brown with brownish head. A tad bitter. Not to heavy on the spice. Nice to share at card night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ReverendMoon (136) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Can't really detect anything on the nose. Granted, this was served colder out of the tap than it should have. Waterier than I would have liked. Overall not overly impressed. Better definitely as it warms up. If I had it out of the bottle I would let it sit first before I tried it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (421) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013
On tap at Black Market Tavern. Appearance: dark brown color, medium sized tan-brown head, ok lacing. Aroma: ginger, cinnamon, roast, fruit, nut. Palate: medium body, light carbonation, smooth thin texture. Taste: spice, heavy sweetness. Overall a good holiday beer, but not something that will forever remind me of the holiday season either.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Salmoniform (454) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2013
2012 poured from bottle to glass. Nice amber color with white head. Aroma was "holiday spices" all the way. Some caramel, sugar, slight roastiness, malty essences. Flavor was sweet initially with a bitter following. Slight astringentness from the spices in the finish. Some hop bitterness remained but really no hop character was to be found. Overall, this was a decent "holiday spiced" ale...not too overpowering, but definitely spice-centric.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2011 A: Chocolate red ale with nearly three fingers which fall quickly to a sheet of tan. Spotty lace and excellent clarity. S: cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Turns out, this year the holiday is pumpkin. Otherwise, some slight nutty malts. T: Lots more spices: cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, clove. A brown/porter malt profile, which complements the spices well. M: thin with low carb. Semi dry finish. O: Meh, not bad. Not going back for more, however. Serving type: bottle 11-21-2011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADesenberg (551) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Draft: dark brown, aroma of sugar and spices. Peppery. There are a lot of flavors rolling around in this one. Great Christmas berry. This is amazing.


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