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RATINGS: 1903   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Dark opaque brown, frothy tan head. Intriguing aroma of raw brown sugar and holiday spices-cinnamon, cloves maybe coriander (mace? ginger? something weird, but it works). Smooth and light bodied, very full flavors. Unusually rich and complex for a low strength brew.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2074) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 28, 2014
On tap 5 oz. taster at Lures in Crownesville, MD. Clear, but very dark mahogany with a small khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of spices, caramel, bread, plums and raisins. Taste of dark fruit, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper and caramel. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BiffNilsson (259) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Mörkbrun vätska med liten brun krona. Återhållsam doft med lätta kaffeinslag. Lätt kropp och liten smak. Syrlig och Tämligen smaklös. Lättdrucken och Smakar inte illa på något vis men tråkig.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (308) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a large tan head that laces. Spicy aroma with caramel and roasted malt. Sweet and spicy flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, caramel and roasted malt with a dry finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
essjay (17) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased as a chilled single from Wholefoods, Fremont CA. Very dark ale. Little carbonation nor head. Spice upfront, and rich caramel malts. I get this beer, not my favorite but respect the brewer’s efforts. Would like to try on draught.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerseyjohn71 (208) - corsicana, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2014
ginger bite, floral, resin, spruce, herbs, earthy, caramel, bread, hay, cough drop, ginger, cedar, red, hazy, frothy, white foam, lightly bitter, lightly ginger, light body, medium bite, soft carbonation, creamy,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roger60 (20) - - DEC 26, 2014
Flaska SB Mönsterås. Sequioa fantastiska träd har en liten i trädgården. Luktar som efter ett regn i Kings canyon and Sequoia nat park. Blir inte lätt att vara objektiv här...Riktig riktigt julöl. Inte karamellmalt mm Funkar ej med choklad och osten får vila sig. Vinner på att inte vara under 10 c. +3 p för etiketten. Finns inga skogar att jämföra med....

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OzarkElmo (301) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours reddish-brown with moderate beige head. Tastes of malt & spices - ginger, cinnamon and others. Malty but thin and easy to drink. Not smokey, that’s a plus. Good for the style, but not my style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
John25 (696) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Very dark ruby. Aroma of winter spice and dark fruit. Plum and raisin notes. Very high carb with a thin mouthfeel. A little sweet on the finish. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (395) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Deep reddish brown pour out of the giant bottle, with a sudsy, tan head. Aromas of malt and spices. Flavor is a bit of the same, with some funk mixed in, but nothing too off putting. Damn, this is a big ass bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (796) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Aroma is fig, cinnamon, spice and caramel. Light plum and raisin notes. Taste is a very sweet spicy body with a very pale bitterness. A sweet spicey body to the end. Appearance is a very dark clear amber with a medium pearl head that retains well.


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