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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
aroma is spicy. like a cinnamon roll. this beer is fucking delish. taste is rum-like and carroty. beatiful black baby of mine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20861) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2005
Clear brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of liquorice, chocolate and spices with notes of orange peel. Flavour of liquorice and chocolate with notes of spices and orange peel. The palate is a bit watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5621) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber wih a small, beige head. Fresh, rather hoppy aroma with chocolate, raisins and coffee. Fresh and fizzy palate. Chocolate, raisins, figs, coffee. Rather bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1480) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 this beer is great, I wait all year for it. always forget what it tasted like and every year it’s a little different anyway!! it perfect. Spicy aroma, nutmeg I think- -WOW this is the best I can remmember. HA HA. very good mouthfeel and very nice subtle aftertaste not overpowering but lingering nonetheless

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (10850) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2005
Nice dark amber, very nice brownish head. Nice compleax aroma from clove, ginger, brown sugar, some cinnamon, spices, caramel, raisins, nuts, chocolate and some roasted notes. Flavor is a bit more hoppy, still spicy, milk and quite bitter. Bitter finish and I was hoping for a better body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle. Tan medium sized fizzy head with fine and very large sized bubbles, sparse lacing, mostly opaque, fizzy carbonation, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, caramel, cinnnamon, nutmeg, sweet, and spicy aroma. Flavor was sweet, malty, thin, watery, burnt taste, and hint of chocolate. Smooth, watery, thin mouthfeel. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16788) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2005
Dark brown with creamy tan head. Spicy aroma of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pepper. Flavour is a little roasted with lots of spices. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. Some caramel aswell. Nice sweet bitterness in the end. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 2005. Paid $9.79 for a 6-pack. Bottle. Black in color with brown edges and a large brown creamy head. Aroma is the same as it has been, sweet spices, deep spruce, slight floral, raiseny, and brown sugar. Flavor is rich and porterlike with a distinct bitterness, but also has a nice sweet following to it, with some pininess and sweet spice. Love it, but it’s not as good as last year’s version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Right off the back i noticed that this years special ale had a lot more spice in the aroma. Almost like a cross between cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. The aroma also had a candy caramel and light roasted malt in it as well. Flavor is dark malt and roast with a sweet reminder of caramel. Has the very same signs of spice in the flavor as it did the aroma, but additional ingredients of clove and hazelnut are found too. Appearance is exaclty the same as i remember it the prior years; dark brown ale with a pillow of head that simmers down after time. I come to believe this years recipe is much more christmas spirited.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Aroma of toasted almonds, roast malt, nutmeg, cinamon. Appears a deep ruby red-brown with a small thick tan head that lasts and leaves lacing. Flavor is nutmeg, cinamon, and lightly bitter hops, followed by sweet malt (like a red ale), and finishing with roasty notes. Palate is medium-heavy and very creamy. Overall, this beer quite interesting and a bit more than the sum of its parts. Oh, and its excellent with chocolate truffles.

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