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RATINGS: 2048   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
6ROW (461) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2009
# 34 2008. dark brown almost black pour with med 3 finger light brown head (good lacing). smokey and sweet malt aroma. warming taste of dark roasted malt with slight bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
This beer always has a lot of spiciness in the nose, but it somehow gets lost in the taste. It could also use a little more alcohol, to give it that warming feeling. I like this beer once a year, for its uniqueness in flavor, however I couldn’t drink more than a few bottles a year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braastad (458) - FINLAND - MAR 23, 2013
Dark red, almost black beer. Creamy head that lingers. Great beer, lots of berries, blackcurrant?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Pours a dark copper color with small hints of amber peeking through when held to light. A finger of light tan head frothed up quickly, then the lacing stuck around on the sides of the lager glass. The scent was of brown sugar, malt, dried fruit and spice. A hint of cinnamon and brown sugar came across up front with some sticky molasses , nutmeg and dried fruit to finish. I am glad to have tried this, but wouldn’t search out a six pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
darrennelson12 (456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
In bottle (2012); nice beer. Pours a dark brown, very think head ... taste of cocoa and some caramel, and spicy notes coming out as it warms up. Not quite in the class as Belgium Christmas ale’s but a good beer none the less ... I would buy again for sure

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (452) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (449) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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