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RATINGS: 2047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2006
On tap at Beveridge Place Pub. Pours a hazy dark copper with a lasting yellow head. Sweet taste with a dry finish, with lots of spice along the way, which almost makes it taste like a pumpkin beer.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swanmann (723) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2006
2006 12oz bottle poured like molasses with an orange tinted tan head. Moderate retention. Definite soy aroma, heavily roasted. Flavor is heavily roasted malts, smokey, no real bitters to speak of, but very mild sweet finish. Full, mellow palate.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1823) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Dark brown beer with a full tan foam. Nose is of spices and maybe a hint of evergreen. Taste is more spice and evergreen and a bit of coffee as well. body is full. Finish is dry and warming.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ingevara (896) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2006
2006. Tempting magnum bottle, promising fragrance, high long lasting head. Fullbodied maltiness, balanced bitterness, a little smoke but not dominant. Full of spicies and not too much sugar or alcohol. STurde companion to any christmas meal.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 25, 2006
2006. Very dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a half-inch tan head. Malty aroma with some dark spices. Flavor is nice and rich: roasted malt, sweet with a ginger bite. Nice full mouthfeel. Very nice, spicy little Christmas ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2006 bottle. Pours a dark dark brown, into porter territory, with a light tan head, healthy at first, dying back eventually. The nose is lightly sweet, but overwhelmingly dominated by ginger. Cinnamon (mostly), nutmeg, allspice/cloves seem to pop up too. Not necessarily christmasy, but certainly festive. The palate is creamy and smooth, feeling like velvet in the mouth, with decent viscosity and nice levels of carbonation. The flavors are truly surprising. I hate spice beers as a general rule, but this is downright pleasant!. Ginger and cinnamon take center stage over a constrained but obvious sweetness. Also in there is a nice burnt roast characteristic, that makes this beer not overburdened by its spice complement. The finish is all sweet roasty malt with some spices, while the aftertaste is where the cinnamon and ginger come back. The ginger in this beer is not nearly so offensive as it is in most beers, and that’s a very good thing. I could actually drink more of this, and I have 5 more bottles!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2006. Very very brown in color with a medium-small tan head. A lot of ginger in the aroma, also super spicy, sweet and some malt (even a faint amount of chocolate). I thought it tasted like bread and lots of spices and roast- but not so much of the ginger in the flavor. Its one of the better spice/herb/vege beers that I’ve tried so far! I initially rated this a 3.4, but bumped the overall up one because its so good in the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5635) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2006
12 oz bottle pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. A very nice aroma of nutmeg and a few other christmas spices. A very good Christmas Beer. I am happy to drink this on the Eve of Christmas.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle. Dark pour with thick white head. Slightly bitter with a sweet undertone. Very light tasting but not as smooth as I expected.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
I don’t know what other people are drinking, this is one of the best Christmas beers. Almost black color with a nice malt and nutmeg and ginger aroma. The flavor is again Nutmeg, ginger and to my mind holly. There are a few beers I look forward to each year and again this does no disappoint - thankd, Fritz.


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