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RATINGS: 2050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5260) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2007
wow very different than what i was expecting. very dark almost black pour but at the bottom i could see some ruby. 1 finger khaki head. lots of hops with a tad bit of malts on the nose. interesting flavor with some spices and some hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 2006 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a good off-white head. The body is on the thick side. It’s quite hoppy, a ton of spices, and some Christmas Tree perhaps. Not bad at all. A good brew. Easy to drink, but also complex. 2009 edition: pours a dark brown with a large beige head. A spicy nose, toasted malts, light pine. Sweet flavors, loads of spice and pine. Light chocolates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Sweet chistmas spice nose on this dark beer. Similar taste. Smooth finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
(2007) Pours a dark brown hue with a nice, tan head. Aroma of great Christmas cookies; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Malty body gives way to spiced finish, almost like a fres gingerbread cookie. I look forward to this release every year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Draft: Pours a dark amber color with a small to not much head. This beer smelled of pine and cloves. The taste was that of the season, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. This was a great desert beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2007
12oz. bottle into lager glass. Pours a deep dark copper color with a medium light-tan head. Heavy aroma of grapes, nutmeg, cinnamon, and hops. Flavor is of baked apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a brutal spice finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and bright. I’m sure people who enjoy this style of beer would enjoy this brew, but it was to "spicey" for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2007
2007 vintage 12 oz bottle. Pours a super deep drk mahogany red with a fizzy beige head. Aroma is running all over the place with notes of hops (citrus and pine), roasted malts, earth notes and slight smoke. Medium bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Slightl bitter flavor of grainy malts, fruit (possibly apple) and a roasty finish that fades into chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2007
2005 vintage on tap at Belmont Station and also a 2007 magnum pour at Danimal’s 30th birthday party--Poured a deep chestnut-mahogany brown-amber. One or two-fingered off-white head. Spicy, nutty, gingery aroma that proved quite complex. Flavor and palate just as intriguing. Crisp and full bodied. Sweet and dry. Hints of root spices and spruce, fur, or pine needles. One of the best winter beers of all time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours dark brown with fizzy tan head, reminiscent of a coke. Very complex aroma; oak, mace, and dark fruits. Notes of caramel, figs, and a hint of pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - NOV 18, 2007
pours a dark brown with gorgeousgarnet highlights and nice tan head Very nice caramel, a little roast, some oak nutmeg, some dark fruits (figs) maybe some all spice Flavor is almost like a porter while sliding away with a lighter body and a more festive flavor profile. The hop flavor is nicely restrained yet present to keep the beer enjoyable. The finish is nice long, rich with short hint of figs and nutmeg leaving a slightly creamy dry finish WOW! Another of my holiday must finds... still a solid beer year after year. For me this is beer to taste as it ages try some when young and with patience try in a year or two the spices change and is still a treat Oh Yeah! Thanks to the brewers at Anchor for bringing the regular caps back instead of the screw tops

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