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RATINGS: 1823   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (363) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle: From Notes. Nose:Figs, malt, some licorice. Taste followed with a slightly smokey, coffee note with a dry finish. The mouthfeel was thin. A disappointing Christmas beer.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Biggar2000 (20) - - DEC 27, 2013
Not the greatest Christmas beer I’ve had. Girlfriend says the smell reminds her of soy sauce. I had the 2013 blend. It is drinkable, but I’d prefer others.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Prufrockstar (833) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a nice mahogany with beautiful frothy head. Unfortunately, that’s where it ends for me. Aroma is a mix of spices and spruce I can only describe as "old people soft candy that you accidentally get on Halloween and which gets discarded discretely on their lawn as you leave (don’t want to be rude, after all) lest it taint the rest of your haul." Every sip I take I despise this more. Even the smell makes me feel ill. A rare drain pour for me -- blech. Even the memory of this one makes me gag.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diablokev (147) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2013 version. Aroma is nutty but slight. Appearance is dark brown with a cream head. Taste is a bit nutty as well very smooth and easy to drink. Overall not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dacrza (494) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
DATE TASTED: December 25, 2013... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint...OCCASION: day two of an epic four-day Christmas family/friend celebration swing... APPEARANCE: dark black body fosters a tabletop of three-finger brown head that clings and cakes to the glass--clearly a beer of substance.. AROMA: immediate cinnamon, pinecone, spruce; malts are spoken for, if a bit dampened; much of the aroma bespeaks a brown ale... PALATE: medium-bodied, drinkable and consistent in its presence from first sip to swallow--a bit of soda fizz and cream...TASTE: brown, yes, and malty--a mellow, funky barnyard concoction forms in the mouth with each sip, leaving an undesirable aftertaste; trace elements of what the aroma promised; surprisingly suggests a Dickensian punch bowl--many unique leftover flavors producing an odd, alcoholic whole...OVERALL: hate to dis on a Christmas ale, much less while drinking it ON Christmas, but this beer promised big things and fell short once consumed; the last I had was 2005’s offering, and I cannot recall the specifics of that brew, so maybe this batch had--what was for me and my tastes--a less-than-pleasing profile...

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Rating #858 - December 25, 2013 - Beer 1 of my twelve days of #beermas - Big bubbly head erupts from a brown black pour. Lots of herbal-spicy aroma here - spruce needles, clove, burnt sugar, toasted fennel, rosemary, cardamom. Palate is light citrus from the spruce needles, more sweet notes from the fennel and roast malts, delicate bitterness from the malt and spices. This is truly fantastic, and an emblematic craft beer for the Christmas season.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Aroma of orange rind, dark fruit, nutmeg-like spices. Flavor of unique spices and fruit. Somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes a bit flat. Finish and aftertaste of oranges, spice, and a fruit rind bitterness.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dodgrblu (589) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle shared at Christmas 2013 at Timfoolery's. Aroma is fruit and spices, finish is bready. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (157) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1146) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 25, 2013
large offwhite fizzy creamy head. excellent lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick dark brown body. aroma: caramel, metal, moderate malty, chocolate, mild coffee. if: light sweet bitter. ff: light sweet bitter very light acidic; long duration. palate: light medium body, watery texture, metallic finish, medium carbonation. leve presença cítrica/acídica surge como defeito. sabor maltado, condimentado (lembra hortelã), levemente picante. dulçor com presença de chocolate e leve café. Lembra Stout. 90s


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