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RATINGS: 1946   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanuta06 (381) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2014
2014 Serving: from bottle--purchased at The Beer Junction. Aroma: moderate malt and floral aroma. Appearance: very small, light-brown initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Dark-red/light-brown body. Taste: lightly sweet initial flavor and lightly sweet, roasty finish with average duration. Palate: medium bodied with watery texture and lively carbonation. Overall: okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (1223) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Pours dark with a small head, aroma is spice star anise, cardomom, christmassy mulled wine spice. Nice balance between malts and spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (314) - - DEC 10, 2014
Pours a dark brown body with a thick head. Discrete malty aroma. Rich and nice taste of malt and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oelbas (234) - DENMARK - DEC 9, 2014
Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2013. Meget mørk brun med et holdbart lysebrunt skum. Portvinsagtig duft med tørret frugt og en helt uventet tynd og tør smag. Let syrlig med en antydning af lakrids og en let bitter eftersmag. Ikke nogen stor øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (402) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
Dark ruddy brown with a small off-white head. Dried fruit and spice aroma. Medium body. Nicely balanced flavour with spices, including ginger and nutmeg, sitting beside brown bread crust malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOnPops (2) - Summit, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2014 does not count
A dark, spicy ale with a hint of nuts. I tried the 2014 vintage and disappointed in it given its high rating here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3791) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Had the 2014. Brown copper pour. Tan thick head. Sugary and creamy brown sugar and sweet. Flavorful obviously. Good. Poured from a bottle at Delilahs Christmas tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (2102) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
November 13, 2014. Bottle at home. Deep ruby red with a small tan head Aroma is spicy with juniper, pine needles, caramel and black berries. Taste is medium sweet caramel and dark berries with a dry spicy and light bitter finish. Smooth medium bodied with soft carbonation..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Peter_L (1051) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2014
Flaska från SB. Underlig doft som luktar kryddbod och parfym. Smaken är likadan. Nä tvi. Julens klart vedervärdigaste öl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoigniew (79) - Łęczna, POLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Na ecie rocznik 2013. Aromat przyprawowy - korzenny, cynamonowy, cukierkowy, czuć piernik. W smaku - cherry, bombonierkowe - baryłki z likierem cherry, słodkie, korzenne, goryczka niska, na finiszu wyraźny kompot z suszu co czyni to piwo najbardziej świątecznym jakie dotąd próbowałem.

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