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RATINGS: 1829   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 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle. dark mahogany with a small tan head, No lacing. Rich nose is laden with the smells of spice cake, raisons, cinnamon and coffee.Tastes of raisons, brown sugar, mince pie and burnt caramel. Nicely done.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2005
12oz. bottle. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Sweet, spiced aroma of nutmeg, molasses and pine. Flavor of sweet malts, brown sugar, pine needles and nutmeg. I look forward to this beer every year.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Always a winner. Light coffee, cream and spice aroma. Lots of toffee, coffee, chocolate and spice in the flavor. Really good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3422) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottle. Pours a very deep ruby red with a thick, creamy tan head. Looks great in the glass. Heavy spice aroma which is terrific. Flavor is a combination of spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Also some roasted malt flavor comes through. A little heavily dominated by the nutmeg and cinammon for my taste, but otherwise a very nice winter ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Dark brown color with ruby hints. Initially large fluffy brown head. Fades fast. Malty "beer" molasses and spices. Dry sugar and spice flavor. Cardamom coffee.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Dark ruby with a small head from the bottle. I could not place what I now read as the spice/herb/vegetable. I’m still not sure of what that is. A little dry but it grows on you.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BradF (1) - USA - DEC 7, 2005 does not count
Dark red color with tan head. Smells of nutmeng with hints of spruce. Roasted bitter malt flavors complimented nutmeg/spices with hints of molasses. Bitter dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2005
12z bottle. Dark, deep brown with an opaque body. Nice tan head. Cinnamon, clove, spice and pine in the nose. Mint, chocolate and vanilla. Smells fantastic. Full bodied and bitter. Great dark roast in the malts. Bittersweet chocolate and a resinous piney flavor. A nice minty note as well. Syrupy and smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Pours a dadrk brown with tan color head. Smells is nutmeg, allspice, toffee, and a tiny touch of cocoa. Taste is anise, nutmeg, citrus, a bit of roast. Lightly carbonated. A pretty good beer for the style. The spices are used quite well unlike Lakefront’s Holiday brew which is spice overload.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle: Aroma has lots of nutmeg with a hint of molasses. Pours a dark brown with a hint of transparency when held to the light. Moderate tan head that lasts a minute or so. Flavor of molasses, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Finishes with a quick sugarty sweetness that fades quickly. Light bitterness in the finish. Much better than lasts years version.


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