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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2103) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle from Drinkstore, Dublin [251213]
Very dark brown, big frothy pillowy beige head, good lacing
Aroma - Dark fruits, big time mincemeat, spicy tangy fruits, slight soy sauce, medicinal
Taste of dark malts, bit of chocolate, soft cinnamon, bit tart, mixed spice, medicinal
Palate - Soft carb, light to medium body. Finish quite dry, quick finish, dry cinnamon, some earthy roast, burnt chocolate
Overall - Tangy mincemeat and dry spices in this, finish is a bit dull. Too medicinal for me - tbh I’m not all that keen on this

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2625) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2014
I’ve been buying these every year since 2010 and it just dawned on me I should rate it. Dark brown, plum color 1 finger head fades fast. This is a 2012, smells like spruce, caramel and raisins. Lots of holiday-esque spices, thin tasting and body overall. Sort of a gingerbread cookie finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pras (464) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Full of flavor. This beer is accentuated by a tons of christmasy/wintery spices. Include predominately is cinnamon. The flavor boost is not overpowering and is actually quite enjoyable. I don’t know that I would session with this one, but one or two are very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yingwait (52) - - JAN 20, 2014

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (363) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2014
35,5 cl bottle from etregourmet.be. This 2013 edition pours dark brown with a large creamy, beige head that stays up. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and orange. Flavour is malty with dark, bitter chocolate and spices. Creamy mouthfeel with a very long spiced aftertaste that after 5 min changes to dark bitter chocolate. Some alcohol warmth as well. Well brewed and a nice different beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gurn13 (3) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2014 does not count
Smooth ale, typical for a winter warmer. Not very different from last year but tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1221) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
D’une belle teinte entre le brun et le rubis, ayant une mousse beige qui tient en place assez longtemps. Ça sent le gâteau aux fruits. C’est des arômes d’épices; de cannelle, de clou de girofle, d’anis et de muscade qui me passent par les narines. Mais il y a aussi des senteurs de sapin, d"épinette ou encore de cèdre. J’aime ses odeurs. Le goût est plus proche d’un espèce de grog froid. Des saveurs d’oranges et de conifère qui apportent une amertume plaisante. Un coup le tout passé, une amertume épicée s’installe confortablement en bouche. Version 2013 (949-291213)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (757) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Draught at the Flying Pig. Hazy reddish amber pour. Thick texture, chewy, bold and spicy. Hops, dark fruits, sweet malt, pine and funk. Typical Anchor brew. A good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shot (144) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
The 2013 pours dark brown with a rocky beige head. Aromas are chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, orange peel and hops. Upfront malty flavor with dark chocolate, spice, and raisin. Slight apple and licorice finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Another great brew and year from Anchor!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1127) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
355ml bottle, 2012 edition. Sticky, tan head. Dark brown colour. Complex spicy aroma, allspice, ginger, touch of coriander, with some molasses sweetness and orange peel. Toasted grain, some tartness and earth in the taste. Smooth body. Overall, Christmas cookie beer. Very seasonally appropriate.

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