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RATINGS: 2048   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


3.1
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2009
Dark brownish poor white white head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, bready all at once. Sweet, gingerbread taste with hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Nice finish. I really enjoyed this one. Good holiday beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BaroneBirra (425) - Gorizia, ITALY - DEC 11, 2013
2013 version labeled for Europe. Sweet cloves aroma. Lots of Christmas spices in the taste: cloves, cinnamon, orange peel and candy apple. Nice because reminds all the Christmas flavours,but too low with body an alcohol and unbalanced with spices .

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
) This beer introduces itself with an aroma consisting of ginger, clove, cinnamon, fruit, and all-spice. It is black in color with a good sized caramel head that dissolves leaving a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. This moderately thick beer enters and flows through the mouth smoothly. It enters with a mild bitter taste and turns more bitter as a mixture of spices (ginger and clove being the strongest) penetrate the taste buds. This beer leaves the mouth with a sour/bitter ginger taste lingering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimsRatings (421) - - NOV 30, 2013
From 1.5 l bottle. Pours a clear caramel coot with lots of light brown head. Mild aroma of malts. Fruity and malty with nutmeg aftertaste. I can see drinking this in front of a fire on a cold winter night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
badwhale (419) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Light aromas and flavors of dried dark fruits, roast malt, caramelized apple/banana and holiday spice. Reminiscent of your average Belgian Dubbel or quad, except with a very watered down mouthfeel and finish. Decent aromas and flavors, just thin. Overall, a light and quaffable holiday ale, perfect for your average family/work gathering.. as I assume it will likely make numerous people happy with its holiday flare. Not bad, though a long ways from its Belgian cousins. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
uhclem (418) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (417) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
2013 bottle. Dark ruby. Different to earlier years w more pronounced spruce or some other similar notes. Good solid Xmas beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.


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