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RATINGS: 1954   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 Ale’s 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.

Editor’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle. Dark pour with thick white head. Slightly bitter with a sweet undertone. Very light tasting but not as smooth as I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chuckstout (327) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Big holiday aromas of clove, nutmeg, caramel, smoke, fruit. Pours a near black with ruby highlights and a tan head with great lacing. Nice mouthfeel toffee and spices a nice fun winter beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 2006 version, on tap. The Quintessential Christmas beer of 2006! yummy gingerbread beer - Christmas in a glass! Flavor includes chooclate and coffee, a slight taste of orange cream halfway through, with a touch of peppery hops about three quarters of the way through. A very smooth palate. 2005 version - sampled in August 2007 - delightful cinnamon, orange and nutmeg flavor... this is the archetype for classic Christmas beers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jnkor (326) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Aroma is a thick sweet, but with a bit of must. Color is a deep dark red with a small lasting white head. The taste is slightly sweet, but bitter and has a little gummy edge. The palate is thick with carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2010 Bottle. 2009. Dark brown/black with creamy beige head. Aromas of pine, citrus, cranberry, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and wintergreen. Flavors of toffee, toast, cranberry, allspice, citrus, and wintergreen. Silky mouthfeel with sparkly carbonation. Brighter than 2008, not as dark and complex. A: 5/5 S: 7/10 T: 7/10 P: 5/5 O: 16/20 (4.0) Bottle. 2008. Pours dark brown with persisting beige head. Aroma is herbal with pumpernickel, pine, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander and clove. Flavors of chocolate, malted milk, toast, wood smoke, juniper berries, orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Finishes with subtle hop bite and spice. A very kind brew. A: 5/5 S: 8/10 T: 8/10 P: 5/5 O: 16/20 (4.2)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
falco242 (326) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pretty darker pour than expected with a light coffee foamy head. The aroma is toasted malt and molasses. The flavor is pretty nice with the maltiness and it has a touch of hop at tthe end. The molasses adds a sweetness and I also get a touch of a red wine type flavor. Not too shabby but nothing to write home about

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DMLINAZ (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2012 brew. From a bottle into a frosted ale glass, pours deep brown or cola with a fluffy, lasting white head. Interesting flavor - almost like a brown ale with something a bit overpowering, like nuts, anise, something I can’t quite put my finger on. Intriguing and very drinkable for one bottle, but not sure I’d enjoy more than that at a time.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bconch (324) - - JAN 19, 2013
2012. Dark brown pour. Little to no head. Smell of dark fruits. Taste is similar with a coffee presence. Almost like a Belgian stout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2007 from the bottle: produces a nice, thick head that consists of many micro bubbles; has a nice spicy smell and a very light and spicy, but pleasant aftertaste that hangs around for about 30 seconds. I think this is a very pleasing holiday brew.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a slight brown shine under a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong spicy notes among them strong notes of spruce and cardemomme - a bit too much for me. The flavor is sweet again with strong notes of spices - especially spruce and cardemmome, but then a note of roasted malt joins in, and combines with the spices to give it an extremely dry finish.


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