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RATINGS: 1850   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 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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Pours a basically black, white slightly beige head. Big hoopy flavor with a great christmas aroma and christmas spiciness to the flavor, along with a very hoppy bite to it, overall not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 12, 2006
Taste like soap and berries. Has an amazing mouthfeel and aroma, but I canít get past the taste. This is the worst anchor Iíve had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Black/dark brown. Thick, creamy tan head. Nutmeg, roasty malt, other subtle spices: aroma. Flavor: nutmeg beer. Spices, roasty malt, light fruitiness are all in the background. Iíd like a brew like this to be higher in alcohol. Could have more malt, itís kind of watery. Body is easy drinking but the flavor is not. Still a good brew, but you have to be in the mood for it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Pours dark, cloudy brown with a medium tan head. Interesting aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel and spearmint. The flavor starts off with roasted malt, caramel then has notes of grass, dirt, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate dancing around in the middle. Surprisingly bitter herbal spicy hoppiness. Ends with a burnt, dark fruit aftertaste. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer has a lot of nice subtleties. The flavor profile doesnít agree with me but I can see how someone can really love this beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Thanks Beer_Hawk!!! Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma is slightly fruity yet roasty with strong hints of cranberries and spice. Flavor is roasty and bitter and reminds of an old (and very cold) cup of dark black coffee. The only thing that seperates it in the flavor from the old coffee is the slighty spicy/cranberry like flavor. The beer is smooth on the palate but is just to bitter for my liking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bottled. Pours a deep brown/ruby color. Strong spicy aroma. Lots of nutmeg. Lightly roasted coffe flavor up front with a bit of spice. Roasted malts throughout. Nice balance of malty bitterness and spices.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours wtih a red-brown body topped by a thin head with some lacing. Itís sour with a slight underlying sweetness with a note of cranberries and a slight roastiness. Full bodied and dry wtih a deep warmth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
i dont know what happened to my beer...i can say, it is lucky to get a 3.1 in my books...aroma AND flavor are quite indistinct due to a watered-down approach by anchor....spices, malts, caramels....nothing else....very bland and somewhat tasteless...maybe it was a disaster having this beer after my last five (fullers london porter, lion stout, thomas hardyís ale, de dolle stille nacht, and rogue hazelnut nectar)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3269) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Pour is a almost black with a tan head. Aroma is of cloves and pepper. Flavor also has notes of cloves and pepper but with a brown sugar/dark chocolate mix. As always i say this taste just like a Christmas tree. Very tasty and smooth. Its does not get much better in the winter to have one of Anchorís winter in your glass. This beer can do no wrong from year to year.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany, firm 1cm light brown head that fades to a thin film. Sweet spicy aroma, very malty with lots of nutmeg and herbs. Hugely spiced malty flavor, with a long sweet herbed finish. I can pick out nutmeg and cinnamon for sure, but thereís alot more going on in there. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly cloying and mouth coating. This probably gets some extra points all around for being a holiday classic and a favorite of mine. Any way you cut it though, this is a solid beer by anyones standards.


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