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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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (517) - 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 sÝdme. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday Tasting. 2013 vintage. Pours a hazy brown beer with a medium sized, off white head on top. Aroma of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardemon and loads of other spices. Really Christmassy... Flavor is again very herbal with sweet touches of roasted malts and cardemon. Some citrus peel in there as well. Spice bomb. Short and herbal aftertaste. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HughConway (797) - Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2014
This is the 2013 vintage.Small bottle, pours dark, slight head. Spice aroma. Taste is spice and and malt. Alright, maybe Iíve change or itís changed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (3806) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is roast, spices, liquorice, malt. Flavour is quite dry roast, lotís of spices. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Aroma - is full of dark fruits, sugars, Christmas spices (cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, vanilla) Appearance - Dark mahogany body topped with a thin beige head. Head settles quickly. Taste - the tastes are similar to the nose, fully flavored sugars, X-mas spices, a twinge of caramelized brown sugar bitterness. Palate - body is medium, the texture sticky, the carbonation is medium, the finish full of robust flavors and some carbonation/caramelized sugar burn. Christmas season beers and Pumpkin beers, two seasonals I donít care all that much for, but this one is ok. I could drink more than one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRatKing (116) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
After humming and hawing for a couple of months, I finally bit the bullet and got me one of these. It wasnít that I was worried if I would like it, but simply because a massive magnum of ale seemed like a bit of overkill for someone with no friends to share it with. Ah well. Beer me. Pours a dark, dark chestnut, bordering on stout-black, with a rich and creamy off-white head that is in no hurry to dissipate this side of the millennium. Nose of sweet treacle and wintíry spices, faint mint for some reason, though I may be wrong. Flavour picks up on the sweet treacle and spices, sweet and pleasant and mellow, ending on a vanilla biscuit note. This is definitely the sort of beer I would enjoy on a Soltice Night. I will look forward to it with pleasure this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msalsbury (26) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2014
This is the 2013 Christmas Ale version. It pours a very dark brown with finger thick tan head. The aroma seems sweet, almost honey like, with some dark cherry, and caramel. The flavor is not sweet like the aroma would imply. Itís malty, fruity, and mildly spicy. Cranberry comes through along with smoky dark roasted malt. Finish is mildly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TyggaBrown (394) - NORWAY - FEB 2, 2014
Really great and exciting xmas ale. Nicely spiced, perfectly bitter, and soft and delicious. Almost perfection!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
P: Deep dark mahogany body topped with a thin short lived later of micro bubble tan head. S: Smells like christmas. Burnt toffee, nutmeg, butterscotch, spruce tree, hints of vanilla bean, cinnamon and sweet molasses. T/M: Taste follows the nose with loads of spices, brown sugar and sweet malt. Stingy carbonation in a medium body. Darks fruits and tart apple peels come out toward the end. Finish is semi dry and finishes with bitter-sweet prunes coated in brown sugar. O: A great warmer for Christmas time. Robust flavors and complexity blended into a great beer. I read a review that mentioned Dr. Pepper flavor and I can totally get that in this. Anxious for next year.

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