RateBeer
overall
94
98
style

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1829   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Share this beer with friends!
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CopterScott (142) - Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
dark brown with a thin tan head. aroma is malt, spice, and caramel. Flavor is sweet malts, molasses, and spices. medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours very dark brown with a tan long lasting head. The aroma is woody, spiced, slightly sweet, malty. The flavor is spicy, sweet breads, nutty, earthy, toffee, slight burnt sugar. Interesting holiday brew, I could not drink more then a pint however.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanscourt (745) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Dark brown. Molasses like character. Malty bill typical christmas spices. Fairly bland finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VinegarStroke (280) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle: deep brown to black. Clear with very thick head. Huge lift of spice and florals. Some roasted flavors but they are dominated by the herbaceous additives. Dry, not sour and medium bitterness. Phenolic not bitter. Loads of flavor it’s just that not all of it’s nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (943) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2014
2012 Edition
355ml Bottle from Utobeer, London (£3.50):

Sweet malts and caramel with a helping pine as well as some further subtle hops. There is also a warming combination of spices to put you in the Christmas mood. The finish is a very sweet one with some fruits too.
Dark brown colour and opaque with a thumb sized, beige brown head on top that holds very well at about the same height.
Dark & sweet with plenty of malts and caramel coming through along side more than its fair share of spices. There is a few darker fruits in the mix as well and the hops from the nose make an appearance with maple too.
Spicy & warming, almost boozy feel to this one and the body is medium with carbonation about the same. The finish is again sweet and overall the beer is incredibly smooth on the palate.
Warming and spicy but with plenty of hops coming through as well, although they are quite subtle and not anything in your face. Very sweet and malty with a very smooth mouthfeel, pretty good in the cold weather.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maakun (594) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
2013. Very dark brown with small beige head. Lots of spices, some pine, liquorice, coffee, cocoa beans, ginger. Taste is lightly sweet but mostly bitter. Medium bodied with slightly watery mouthfeel. Quite dry and bitter finish, like the mentioned cocoa beans.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
o_Merlin_o (179) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
2013 version in bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a creamy dark head. Excellent lacing. Very light aroma of hops and dirt. Excellent hops palate. Quite aqueous. An excellent beer. Would be better if it wasn't so aqueous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2014
2013 Magnum. Pours dark ruby red with big, pillowy tan head. Decent retention and thin lacing. Aroma is sweet, apricot, peach with lots of spices, nutmeg, herbal. Flavor is sweet and fruity, peach, apricot, with a strong spice finish. Struggling to identify spice(s). Soft carbonation, light body, and juicy texture. Juicy, fruity christmas ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
revolution2718 (229) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
2013 Version. Pours very dark, some red in there. Nose is gingerbread, spices, brown sugar. Taste is gingerbread, spices, cinnamon, orange zest, on the end there's a little bitterness, almost like burn cookies, a roasty note. Baked apple also, with the cinnamon, and a lot of sugars. Thin but not watery. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandon1989 (240) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
(2012) pours a dark brown with a tan head. the aroma is spices, malt. the taste is complex. taste is spices, dark fruits, chocolate.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 4 5 6  7  8 9 10 » 183


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50