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RATINGS: 1941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 Aleís 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.

Editorís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (640) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2014
25cl on tap @ Only good beer, Budapest. Body is dark brown, Head is large, rocky, beige, fully lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is herbs, Aroma is spicy, roasted, caramel, light ash, herbs, light resin. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Finish is average lasting light sweet, medium hoppy and roasty bitter. Medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation. Fine, interesting, feels like a porter and schwartz beer mixture with spices and herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenkiGonzo (466) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle, canít remember where. Pours almost black, small off-white head. Aroma is mostly cinnamon with some herbs. Flavour is smooth, lots of cinnamon and caramel malts, some herbs to soften it and make sure it isnít too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
two7offsuit (285) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malt and spice. Taste is thin malt with some spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerardgathier (489) - - DEC 30, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8244) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt aroma. Brown with small head. Sweet nutmeg, cinnamon, and creamy caramel malt flavor. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkska101 (1069) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
12 onz Bottle thx Heather and frank A: red fruits, dark caramel, licorice, brown sugar, minty/cinnamon app: dark brown beige head and excellent lacing t/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish. O: OK. Interesting aroma lacking some body/mouthfeel. I guess I prefer bigger Xmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
niquillis (1290) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle from Beer Dock, Crewe. Pours dark ruby with a feint off white head. Plenty of spice, well carbonated. Easy drinking. This is what a Christmas beer should taste like. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham_murphy (366) - - DEC 29, 2014
2014 holiday version. Plenty of spice worked well into the maltly (caramel and biscuit) ale. Itís easy to get this wrong - particularly when not done in a barley wine. But they donít. Well balanced against the sweet malt I get cinnamon and nutmeg. Evokes those holiday images a la Proust.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sine90 (47) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
2014 edition caramel, coffee, licorice, brown, brown foam, light sweetness, slick feel,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2183) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 28, 2014
On tap 5 oz. taster at Lures in Crownesville, MD. Clear, but very dark mahogany with a small khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of spices, caramel, bread, plums and raisins. Taste of dark fruit, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper and caramel. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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