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RATINGS: 1957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
beer pours a very pretty, ruby-tited deep brown, with a tan head that retains well and leaves massive lace. nose is of course spicy, but not as over-the-top as some years (no pine sol, not super clovey). chocolate notes in the aroma, along with, perhaps, some light cinamon, and maybe some cardamom. flavor is again more beer-like than some other years, with the spices adding nuance to a flavor that again has bitter chocolate notes. pleasing vintage of this brew. perhaps some astringency in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
naivepegasus (355) - USA - NOV 20, 2008
2008 version. pours a dark brown with about two fingers of tan, slowly dissipating head. Sweet raisin and sweet fruit odor. Lots of spice, I taste, cinnamon, pumpkin and clove. Interesting, I kind of dig it, its good for a nice cold.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
revolution2718 (354) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
2013 Version. Pours very dark, some red in there. Nose is gingerbread, spices, brown sugar. Taste is gingerbread, spices, cinnamon, orange zest, on the end there's a little bitterness, almost like burn cookies, a roasty note. Baked apple also, with the cinnamon, and a lot of sugars. Thin but not watery. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2008
I HAVE HAD THEIR CHRISTMAS BEER EVERY YEAR SINCE 2002. 2007 HAD A COMPLEX FLAVOR BUT I THINK THERE WAS TO MANY SPICES IN IT THIS YEAR. I ENJOYED 2006 íS VERSION THE MOST.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2009
2008 version had back in December. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass a dark amber color. Aroma was sweet and spicy. Taste of cinnimon and nutmeg along with what seemed like citrus.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2010
I think someone misheard me when I ordered this beer and accidentally served me pine sol. Smells good...for a candle not a beer

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
tasted vs the 03 and 04. better than 04, but not as good as 03. tons of nutmeg (they should just call this nutmeg brew), cinammon, other spices. nice body, good flavor, but just too nutmeg-y.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Spicy, robust, opaque, well balanced, slighty hoppy in the back of the throat, delicious with fondue or simply alone. A great American Christmas beer!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Strong aroma of figs, nuts, caramel swirl. Taste follows through with that and nutmeg. Dry finish. Alcohol blends well and is lower than expected for a winter brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VinegarStroke (345) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle: deep brown to black. Clear with very thick head. Huge lift of spice and florals. Some roasted flavors but they are dominated by the herbaceous additives. Dry, not sour and medium bitterness. Phenolic not bitter. Loads of flavor itís just that not all of itís nice.


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