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RATINGS: 2050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (693) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass. Aroma is sweet dark fruits, cherry, brown bread, with some chocolate. Appearance is very dark reddish brown--virtually opaque--with finger-width light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly to ring with fair lacing. Taste is sweet dark fruits and molasses with a bit of roasted bitterness and hint of chocolate at the finish. Palate is light-bodied with thin, somewhat slippery texture, average to lively carbonation and light, dry, bitter finish. Overall, the secretiveness of the ingredients only adds to the allure of figuring out what it tastes like. This is quite good, for any season, but does evoke the holidays well. Get it while the gettin’s good!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeniorZozo (1265) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish color. Aroma and taste are spices, fruit, and some honey.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kanaclane (333) - - JAN 1, 2016
Nez: Malt fumé, chocolat, cannelle Bouche: Chocolat, fumée, fruits noirs, cannelle, épicée Rien de transcendant mais elle est vraiment très agréable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (1218) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle (2015) @home. Pours dark brown almost black with a good thick and creamy tan head. Spices on the nose cinnamon and slight aniseed, also some chocolate, quite malty, dark roasted fruits. Taste is toasted malts, dark chocolate nice bitter finish with a slight almost not there sweet kick.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
JoshRaburn (110) - - DEC 31, 2015
Very dry and not at all sweet for such a dark beer. Very rich mouthfeel. Powdery bitter cocoa and cardboard. A slight sourness in the after taste. Not much complexity. I’m really surprised by how bad this one is based on this usually great brewery, the ratebeer ratings, my like of malty dark beers. Could it have been a bad bottle?! Almost worth retrying just to find out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (1786) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle thanks to Saeglopur? . Dark brown body with tan head. Aroma is nice caramel malts with some roasted malts. Taste is dried fruits with nuts and malts. Aftertaste is nice balanced between roasted malts bitterness and malty sweetness and hints of spices

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MonsterMagnet (1179) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle, pours dark brown, near black, with a beige head. Spicy, malty and nutty aroma. Dark bread, nutmeg, chestnut, clove. Taste is sweet with a decent bitterness, with burnt dark bread crusts, fudge, walnut, nutmeg, cinnamon, dry leaves, white pepper with the pepper getting more pronounced in the lingering spicy finish. Oily texture, somewhat light bodied, soft carbonation, dry finish. The overload of spices is distracting.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heather_B (249) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Brown pour with minimum head. Smell is nutmeg and cinnamon and lots of cloves. Basically a Christmas cookie. But it also smells really sweet malty. And... the flavor is too sweet/malty for me. The spices don’t shine in flavor like they do in aroma. Oh well.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sir__v (2049) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle @ home from 2015 - Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and medium brown head. Smell: roasted malt and caramel domination. Raisin and plums notes. Wood and barrel finish. Taste: light body soy taste very strange with caramel and licorice notes. Plums finish. Sweet. Aftertaste: licorice and caramel. Soy finish. Not my style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (1429) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Good holiday beer. Dark brown color. Medium-sized , beige head . Aroma of caramel, plums , spices . Malt and spices in taste , pleasant hoppy bitterness at the end.


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