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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.


3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Deep Dark Brown, not quite black but pretty darn close. THe head is big and foamy with a pinkish tint. Very little aroma. The nose is very lite, not much in the way of hops. But it peeks to a nice mellow malty flavor. There are traces of nutmeg, and coffee. Very unique. A pretty good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7552) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2006
This dark brown ale poured with a nice tan head. The flavor is very malty with a spicy finish. This year’s brew seems maltier and less spicy than most of the previous years.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Dark brown pour with tight-bubbled head. The nose was filled with spice, molasses and sweet fruits, including banana. The flavor was bready with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and licorice. Thin to medium fizzy body. A note of bitterness in the aftertaste. Finish was moderately long. Above average.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle. Poured out a deep, opaque brown almost black, with a very small dark tan head. The aroma is quite spicy and roasty. The flavor was heavy roasted malt, woody cinnamon stick, nutmeg, rich earth, faint hops. Nice and full on the palate. Definitely a fixture in my house for Christmases to come.

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 can’t get past the taste. This is the worst anchor I’ve 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. I’d like a brew like this to be higher in alcohol. Could have more malt, it’s 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 (1556) - Ashburn, 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 doesn’t 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 (2824) - Salem, Oregon, 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.


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