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RATINGS: 2033   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is our special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Aleís 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.

Editorís 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a deep black with a tint of a dark red when held to the light. The head is a foamy reddish brown with so nice lacing leaving a film on the glass. The smell is somewhat spicy with a little cinnamon. (I have a head cold) The taste is malty and is bit bitter with some nice flavor of bread, some yeast feel, and a floral hops. This beer is a bit of a mix of spicy hops and heavy bitterness. It has a nice mouth feel to it and it not too heavy and also pretty refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ctplt777 (414) - - DEC 25, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2015 Interesting beer. Lots of fig, plums, and molasses in the aroma. Very chewy and sweet. It tastes like a big oatmeal raisin cookie. Lots of sweetness, with bit hints of molasses, chocolate, nutmeg and spice. Not quite a stout but totally full of complexity and flavor. Definitely a great holiday beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours a black body with a thick beige head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, and a slight cola flavor. Finishes dry.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Has a nice spicy aroma after you pour it, but the taste doesnít seem to match the smell. The beer could definitely use a higher alcohol content and more distinctive flavor. Not a bad winter ale.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
(2007) Pours a dark brown hue with a nice, tan head. Aroma of great Christmas cookies; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Malty body gives way to spiced finish, almost like a fres gingerbread cookie. I look forward to this release every year.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgreb (409) - Marburg, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2009
bottle (asheft) 2007 - dark brown beer with a thick beige head. Spicy aroma like cinnamon. Flavour has a lot of fruits and spices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
uhclem (409) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2013
On tap @ Old Chicago mini tour. I am not normally a fan of spiced beer, but this one was surprisingly good. The herbal undertones made me think of Jagermeister.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
badwhale (408) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle to a pilsner glass. Poured a brown / orange / copper color with an off white head. Had the scent of pine, a little. Kind of a watery mouthfeel, and tasted of spice / herbs / pine. Iím not a SHV fan, so itís hard for me to give a really strong rating, however this wasnít too bad.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (407) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 20, 2006
Hazy dark brown body, good tan head. Smells like licorice, flowers, caramel, yeast. On the palate, it shows a strong toffee and roasted malt character. Smooth and medium-bodied, with loads of subtle spicy notes coming through (orange peels, nutmeg, pine). Long slightly tarty finish. Complex, yet quite drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2010
2008 magnum, dark brown with a fluffy tan head, aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor is deep sticky maltiness with a nice piney hop and then spices like all spice, nutmeg, etc. Nice and Christmasy tasting, one of my fave Christmas beers.


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