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RATINGS: 1827   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2014
Backlog, tried bottles the last couple of years, the conclusion is that it’s generally a little too spicy for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2208) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
Thanks, Trent, for this one. Spicy nutmeg aroma. Dark brown colour with some brown head. Sweet, spicy flavour. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pine, vanilla, hops. Slightly astringent taste. A bit harsh, but the flavor is quite interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davhgbrew (940) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Dark copper to brown cloudy color. Very malty aroma. Big toffee malt up front and medium to full body. Middle and finish are moderately dry and bitter. Slight vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wolfbass (927) - Firenze, ITALY - FEB 27, 2014
Ieri sera la mi moglie prima di andare a letto, mi guarda e mi dice io mi faccio una bella tisana calda, la vuoi anche tu??? No gli rispondo mi bevo una birra. Appunto...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerd16 (194) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
Pours dark brown, with some purple embers. Small 1 finger head retreats almost immediately. Aroma is dominated by ginger, cinnamon & liquorice, some cherry and perhaps a little citrus in the background. Sweet and sour cherry leaks onto the palate, followed by some ginger, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Leaves a hue of roasted-malt-bitterness in its wake. Palate is medium and consistent but due to excessive carbonation is almost soda-esque. Its status as one of Anchor’s flagship beers warrants a more pronounced flavor profile and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (424) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - FEB 19, 2014
2013 vintage, 355 ml bottle from beer-shop.it served in a snifter. Dark copper/maroon with some purple tinges, pretty clear, and a frothy light brown head, lots of big bubbles and not very persistent. On the nose dark fruits, wild type of fruits (blackberries), sour black cherries under spirit, cinnamon, light nuttiness. Not overwhelmingly spicy, quite smooth and velvety, even though I can feel a soapy flavour before the roasted malts and nutty notes. Too fizzy for my personal preference, but it gets better after some swirling. Light to medium body and oily texture. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (782) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
2013 edition. Pours a dark mahogany with a tanned head that has a hint of red. Smells of spices. Taste is spiced too cinnamon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (514) - Skui, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Nesten svart med medium skum. Lukter malt, krydder og pepperkaker. Smaker det samme, med en viss sødme. Pepperkaker og andre krydder dominerer en god smak. Medium konsistens.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kindacold (210) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours reddish dark brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of spices and grain. Light mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Lots of spices and pepper in the front, hints of celery, raisins, and a slightly hoppy finish in the back of the mouth. Throughout, there is a hint of orange pith. Slightly sticky finish.

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