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RATINGS: 1962   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   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!!!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (347) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
2013 Version- Pours a very dark brown mahogany color with a thick tan head on top. Smells of mellow spiced fruit, toffee, molasses, pine resin, and gingerbread. Dry, spiced, somewhat gingerbread-y flavor. A little tart fruit, spruce, bitter chocolate, orange peel, and faint maple. Medium body, creamy texture, with a slickness that sticks to the tongue. Definitely better as it warms up.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours black with tones of red and a small light brown head. Aroma has hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine. Very creamy and smooth to drink but leaves a dry finish. I enjoyed this beer and Iím looking forward to the 2006 release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theOptimator (344) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruit. Appearance is dark brown mahogany with medium large tan head. Taste is complex spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruits, black licorice, wood, roasty, earthy, some sourness, mint. Palate is medium+. Overall a very interesting beer. Does an excellent job of combining many nice christmas spices, but keeping balanced and not over the top. A complex beer I feel would age well, but is great right now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2007
06 vintage consumed in may of 07. color is garnet as the pour begins when done itís a deep brown with 1/2 inch of khaki head on the top. nose has some sweet dried fruit and spices cinnamon and clove in particular. interesting flavor starts with a tart cherry with some coco on the edges. the hops are effervescent and as they fade bring back a licorice and spice flavor that lasts. different thatís for sure.

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