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RATINGS: 2046   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is an ale I look forward to every year. This is dark and malty and perfect in the cold. This is great looking and smells amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (451) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Very dark amber pour, rocky cream colored head. Nice lacing. Rather unassuming aroma, some malt, citrus, Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert spices. Flavor is much more standout than the nose. Nice malt and hop citrus and pine up front. Mellows to slightly sweet and the spices. Clean finishing and surprisingly filling. Liked this one a lot, much better than the previous 2 years. Though none of these Christmas ales have been bad.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2010
2010 vintage, nice dark pour, light and fluffy head, dissipates into a nice thing lacing, spice combination is excellent, dark beer characteristics, nice malts, also detecting hops, and a fruity (cherry?) flavor as well. Basically a bunch of great flavors and sensations, put together into a beer that flows well, and surprisingly everything fits together like it belongs. Excellent holiday beer, rivaling the best for me. Surprising drinkability as well, I am adding this to my annual buy list.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (448) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Pours a brownish black with a tannish head. CHristmas like aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon, and gingerbread. Taste is much the same. A quafable x-mas ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Dark brown pour with a small brown head. Nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet berry aroma. Very malty with a mix of spices that combine for a muddled taste with a sweet, nutty finish. Watery texture with lively carbonation. A good Winter ale but I was hoping for even better based on the aroma.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
two7offsuit (444) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malt and spice. Taste is thin malt with some spice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12 oz bottle of 2012 poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a frothy two-finger tan head. Aroma is caramel and roasted malts and very spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is malty and then very spicy.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanuta06 (438) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (438) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2015
2015 edition. Bottle. Dark ruby-black color with thin tan head and lacing. Nose has roasted malt, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and other spices. Roasted malt with some chocolate upfront. Some bitterness in the middle followed by vanilla and nutmeg--much like eggnog--in the long, creamy finish. Body is a bit thinner than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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