RateBeer
overall
93
98
style

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is our special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Aleís 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.

Editorís 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6535) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2007
2006 On tap @ Coles Buffalo, NY. Dark brown with Khaki head. Always something different & usually good. 2006 no exception. Usual suspects of pine, nutmeg, chocolate & cinnamon. Enjoyable again.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
The aroma was like A-1 steak sauce--very smokey too. Very dark brown body with a tan head. The palate was thin to medium. Tangy roasted malt with hops in the finish, and a beef jerky flavor throughout. I was dissapointed with this one.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
I donít know if itís me that changed or the beer that changed but it doesnít seem as good as previous years. Too sweet and cloying now. I seem to remember more spice before.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 2006. Deep brown color with hints of red. Thin creamy head. Nice lacing. Hints of chocolate. Spicy aroma. Full bodied. Sweet chocolate taste. Lite alcohol finish. Stellar brew. Had the 2002 on cask at the Gingerman in Houston in December 2004. That was un-freakiní-believable. 2008. I think this went toward an English or even Belgian strong ale. Very malty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AskForJenny (1029) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2007
2006 12oz - Gift from PR; Dark tan head over molasses colored liquid. Roasted malts on nose, blueberries and cinnamon on palate, then licorice, then bitter malt. A fun one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
This was the 2006 edition. A very good ale with a nice spice balance with the malty base. Nice spruce and pine aroma and flavour with bittering hops throughout. Quite rich and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Christmas 2006: dark red color, wood, alcohol, pine, with a hint of hops and faintly of plum brandy. On of the better xmas brews.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4394) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2007
2006 Bottle. Pours deep brown / garnet with a dark reddish tan head. The aroma has toasted malt, juniter, pine (but not in a hoppy way) and some spices. Smells like Christmas in a bottle. Medium body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavors start with the evergreen taste along with roasted malt and a nice amount of spice. The non-hop woodiness is there as well giving it a cool winter taste. The finish adds a bit of hoppy spice and some crispness. Very nice and enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle. Spicey pine hoppy aroma. Spicey clove notes. Fruity malty flavor. Roasty and Spicey. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Sweet. Finish is bitter. Full bodied. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (508) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottled. This had a great spice to it with some solid hop and roastiness. I enjoyed many of these over my New Year.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 146 147 148  149  150 151 152 » 194


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50