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RATINGS: 2040   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2449) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
Pours dark brown with a medium frothy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, spiced bread, molasses, fudge, cardamom, cloves, burnt chestnuts. Taste is quite roasted, spicy and aromatic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axl (423) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2015
355ml bottle, 2015 version. Almost black with tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malts, cardamon, christmas spices, sweet black bread and cocoa. Taste is slightly medicinal herbal, black bread, classical Christmas spices, coffe and slightly burnt roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation and roasted herbal aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bebum (663) - - DEC 23, 2015
Dark brown, dissipating head. Medium body, moderate flavor, flat mouthfeel eith low heat, carbonation and acidity, avg length but unappealing finish. Bitter, dry, low acidity. Smoky. Nothing I like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (370) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2015
2015 edition. Bottle. Dark ruby-black color with thin tan head and lacing. Nose has roasted malt, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and other spices. Roasted malt with some chocolate upfront. Some bitterness in the middle followed by vanilla and nutmeg--much like eggnog--in the long, creamy finish. Body is a bit thinner than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fakebeersnob (288) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Smells a bit like this spiced wine I once drank (mixed with a weak porter). Pours a dark brown that is almost black. Taste burt malt at the back. Upfront is a bit of coffee, a bit of cocoa, and some slight berry sourness. Also holiday spice. It is not that balanced of a beer. A bit of a mess. The ending reminds me of a cold bitter coffee. Thin, watery body. Not much of a fan.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Malin_aiisa (590) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget Black deep brown, off white head. Aroma of coffee, caramel candy. Fizzy, bitter, taste coffee grapefruit, not so nice

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vjohans (659) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2015
thanks final. dough, raisin, herbs, coffee, caramel, toast, black, hazy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, unbalanced

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ShoelessInSC (6) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2015 does not count
2015. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma was pleasant, but I wish it would have carried over to the flavor. Burnt nuts with a piney and bitter finish. More like a meh porter than a Christmas ale. Didn’t particularly care for it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkettler (26) - - DEC 18, 2015
The 2015 is very gingerbread and holiday spice tasting! It is relatively light tasting for a darker beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3719) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2015
2015 vintage. Pours a deep brown on tap with fluffy tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of nice spice and chocolaty malt. Taste follows, even more on the malt, like a holiday spiced cookie, gingerbread goodness. Really nice.


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