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RATINGS: 1954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 This beer has a longstanding history with me and I always try to get some when it comes out - though generally I find that it gets better with age. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark ruby-mahogany color with a huge frothing rich brown head. Absolutely gorgeous. The aroma is sweet toasty malts with a moderate molasses element. The flavor is very malty with elements of molasses, pine and spruce. The spruce element can be a bit overwhelming.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2006
via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a dark brown color with a good size tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is very spicey - nutmeg. The flavor is mellow compared to the aroma. Flavor is mainly nutmeg with some dark roasted malt to back it. Has a thin palate with a slight lingering aftertaste. Light to medium body. Thanks Richard.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Bottle. Deep molasses color. Limited, sudsy foam. Aromatic nutmeg scent on first inhale - presumably conjuring thoughts of egg nog. Malty flavour with hints of cinnamon in taste. Rich, even finish and tingling, numbness to the throat and nostrils. Happy Holidays, indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (2536) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2006
Dark brown color with a medium tan head. Combines maltiness with spices and nuts. Very complex beer with a medium / full body and some bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Another dissapeared rating: 2005 vintage. Body is a dark brown with an 1/8th inch light tan head. Aroma is heavy caramel, along with nutmeg, cinnamon, and light chocolate malt. Taste is caramel with the initial spice present, little nutty with hazelnut.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Super complex very spicey sweet but balanced like a mulled wine almost, excellent complex beer for this %.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Purchased at Liquor Lodge in Menomonee Falls. Opaque with a big tan head. Smells spiced, like mulled cider. I can smelll anise too, along with some hops. The flavor is black liquorice candy (Good N Plenty) and ginger. I’m not a big fan of this one. To be fair, it is a winter seasonal from 2005 that I’m first drinking in August of 06. It may have gone bad?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Nice red color, small head. Herb and sage also kind of salmoniac and Jägermeister nose and taste. Long lasting.

3.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rcmatthews (10) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 Aroma is like Christmas. Cinnamon and clove especially. Had this wishing it was Christmas time (its too hot!!!!) and got exactly what I was looking for. THere is however, something lacking in the flavor component. Its not that it tastes bad, its just not incredible. There is a nice gingerbread like aftertaste

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Very dark with massive aroma. Smell such as clove, molasses, cinnimon,pine, and ginger are very noticable. The taste is malty and very spicey. Not something I would drink all the time, but good around the holidays.


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