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RATINGS: 1810   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
2007 bottle! Pours a dark espresso brown. Off white thick, frothy, and creamy head. Looks a lot like root beer. Roasted/toasted caramel aroma. Malty with some essence of chocolate, and spicy brown sugar. Very intense punch of flavor right to the tongue, slightly smoky oak. I also get some nutty notes, and some creamy milk chocolate in the finish. The palate is very unbalance. Harsh flavor and mouth feel all over at first, but as it roll to the back of your tongue it mellows out a bit. Buttery and full. It’s interesting, but could be better.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours a murky brown with tan head into a Lindemans tumbler. Malty, spicy aroma. Definitely get that Christmas winter warmer from this one. Starts spicy, little malty sweetness, ends with a little roastiness, some nutty flavor, coffee, spice. Surprisingly got better as I drank. Pretty nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation; pretty damn drinkable. Ended a lot better than it started. Nice lower abv warmer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubblehouse (227) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2013. One of the best looking beers after it is poured. The spice in the aroma reaks of the holidays. Excellent as always!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoesefat (226) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2013 release. Sweet herbal aroma. Pours clear ruby with a tan head. Great flavors, malty chocolate and herbs blend well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 2008 bottle. Pours syrupy with nice tan head. Good carbonation level. Starts with hints of allspice, nutmeg and figs. Finishes with a little bit of chocolate and roastiness. Nice balance of hops bitterness with the spice. Well done.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
2006 bottle. Dark brown appearance, litte head. Aroma was sweet and spicy, flavor was pretty nice. You can taste the licorice, and was pretty malty. Overall I’d say it was decent, a good beer to try out.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nittanytide (225) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Poured opaque dark brown, with a foamy, tan head. Aroma is bread and dark chocolate. Taste is toasty, but a little watery on the back end. Good, but nothing “special”.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
On tap. Dark amber pour with a little white head. Tastes of candy cane and some dark fruit and anise. Tasty but hard to drink more than one because of the sweetness.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
This blew me away. The aroma is nothing short of miraculous. I had to look twice to make sure this was a beer. My wife said it is heavy on the plum, but that may be teaberry as others have notted. The balance of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and the malt sweet overtones are nearly perfect. WOW!!!!!!!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (221) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - DEC 6, 2013
Aromas sumamente interesantes, y los cuales te hacen saber que estás ante una gran cerveza. Color obscuro, profundo, turbia. En el aroma las principales notas son herbales destacando notas a pino. Al paladar el pino vuelve a hacerte presente, junto con notas especiadas. En general excelente cerveza.


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