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RATINGS: 1823   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1481) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADesenberg (561) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mgajdaczewa (457) - Katowice, POLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Bardzo ładny piernikowy aromat, niezbyt słodki, poparty palonym słodem. Ale w smaku... kompot z suszonych śliwek, taki wigilijny. A ja tego smaku nienawidzę. Będąc rzetelnym smak dość oryginalny, wytrawne, stosunkowo lekkie jak na piwo zimowe. Uberświąteczne piwo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
mintzmeet (187) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
dark branchy color. mellow spicy aroma. full bodied in flavor, but not texture. pops with a bit of juniper. Christmas spices with dark sugar and ginger biscuit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (464) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2013 vintage - tasted as part of local shop’s weekly beer tasting so this is based only on 1 oz pour. Will edit this once I have a bottle of my own. Aroma is nice - bit of spice, followed by a bit of malt sweetness. Taste is delicious, full mouthfeel, nice spice and malt balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Amazingly tasty and the best Christmas Ale I have had so far. Make sure to stock up and enjoy, as it’s only available for a very limited time per year. Great mixture of malts and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chuckstout (245) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Big holiday aromas of clove, nutmeg, caramel, smoke, fruit. Pours a near black with ruby highlights and a tan head with great lacing. Nice mouthfeel toffee and spices a nice fun winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reyman (5) - - DEC 14, 2013 does not count
Bottle. Bark brown. Aroma of clove, nutmeg malt, chocolate, pine. Tastes as it smells. Overall a good beer with a nice body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2941) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2013
355ml bottle from appellation wines, Dalry. Pours opaque dark brown, thin off-white head. Nice tight bubbles. Big Christmas-spice aromas, dark sugar and ginger biscuit. Taste has more spice, a treacle sweetness, and light bitterness. Festive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (757) - Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2013 2013 bottle into pint glass, deep clear ruby red color with fluffy tan head. Aroma of "Christmas spices" (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, orange peel) and brown sugar. Taste adds notes of light chocolate, more intense notes of spices and light herbal hop bitterness. Light body, low carbonation, astringent, light with wintery spices finish lingering. Not sure what to think of this one not having past year’s offerings, fairly winter spiced heavy ale with a light body. Decent.

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