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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
I like this beer. Iím not a big fan of spice/herb/vegetable adjuncts, but I did enjoy this beer quite a bit; perhaps, because I couldnít really discern the adjuncts. It tasted to me, like a solid, well balanced ale of complex character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
2013 - Dark brown with a tan head. Gingerbread and brown sugar aroma. Malty spicy flavors, ginger being the predominant spice. Fairly dry as one might expect from a 5.5 ABV beer. It is nice, but it is also time for Anchor to bump this once-a year-beer up a notch or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Deep mahogany with huge head. Sweet and rich aroma, some hops. Taste is malty with notes of cocoa. My biggest problem is the palate, which borders to thin. Slightly disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melkart (431) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - NOV 28, 2013
Very nice beer. I tasted floral and a little bit honey. The alcohol show itself a little bit, but the beer is balanced considering the whole. Dark collor and light body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2011
2011 Vintage. Ar: Cinnamon, spruce and beef broth - a bit off-putting, actually. Ap: Dark brown, transparent when held to the light - medium tan head with good retention and very nice lacing. T: Coffee and some dark caramel - cherry esters mixed with a firm bitterness mid-palate - finish is malty with toffee, pumpernickel, and black licorice. P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is quite dry. O: As always, this beer is complex, satisfying, and just a pleasure to drink. However, in contrast to other years, the aroma for the 2011 vintage is sort of nasty, but luckily that does not carry over to the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
konungen (431) - - DEC 23, 2014
2014 flaska. Mörkbrun öl med kaffefärgat skum. Kryddig maltig doft med en söt god smak. Lagom styrka. Gillas! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TyggaBrown (430) - NORWAY - FEB 2, 2014
Really great and exciting xmas ale. Nicely spiced, perfectly bitter, and soft and delicious. Almost perfection!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Definitely an Earthy beer. Spices and herbs. A bit of candy. Reminds me of my grandmothers secret remedies. Its almost like an alcoholic cola. Such an odd style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zekada (427) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma is malty and spicy. Pours almost black with a small beige head. Taste is smokey and has some roasted malts. Palate is a bit oily. Overall a decent beer, not very tasteful though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 12, 2006
Taste like soap and berries. Has an amazing mouthfeel and aroma, but I canít get past the taste. This is the worst anchor Iíve had.

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