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RATINGS: 1887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
(2010 version) 35,5 cl bottle from a beer retailer. It pours a completely black (with little ruby tones) liquid with a medium-high light brown spongy head, that sadly dissipates kind of fast, but lasts throughout the beer, leaving a little lacing. The aroma has roasted malts, chocolate, sweet licorice (mainly), spices; a little too sweet all in all. It tastes better: roasted malts everywhere, spices, with the hint of chocoalte and a good flavour of sweet licorice, as well as some porto wine and herbal hops. It has a gentle carbonation, medium-full body and a medium bitter very dry finish. Pleasant herbal and licorice aftertaste. It is not my type of beer, but it is an awesome brew. Presentation (bottle and crown cap) is very good, as always with Anchor Brewing (I’d wish for a different crown cap than Liberty Ale, though).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Deep, deep brown pour that light barely penetrates. Topped with a frothy dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Great nose – ginger bread cookies and sweet dried fruit. I could smell this all night! Palate is somewhat thin and mildly carbonated. Taste is more bitter than the nose suggested. Some of the ginger comes through in the flavor. Has a nice dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scouser (261) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
2006 A nice dark brown colour with beige lacing. Spicy treacle aroma. Tastes of licorice, vanilla. A really nice beer! 2007 Dark brown with beige lacing. Earthy aroma. Malthy and earthy flavour, not a bad beer, but not as good as the 20006

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Dark malt aroma with caramel (which comes with dark/amber malts) aroma. Black/dark brown in color with a nice and frothy tan head. Pale amber start with a malty aftertaste. Taste like a poorly made homebrew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Dark opaque brown, frothy tan head. Intriguing aroma of raw brown sugar and holiday spices-cinnamon, cloves maybe coriander (mace? ginger? something weird, but it works). Smooth and light bodied, very full flavors. Unusually rich and complex for a low strength brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Tasty spicy holiday beer. Pretty consistently good -- I’ve had this from other vintages. Malty aroma, and little smoky, perhaps some coriander and orange taste. Not too heavy or spicy, good bitter finish, and definitely my favorite holiday beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle. Chestnut brown with thin head. Low-medium carbonation. The most interesting aroma, almost like fresh gingerbread out of the oven. Taste is surprisingly dry, but spicy. Cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate flavours are present. Mouthfeel is ok, a little bitter & muddy like you would get while having an espresso drink or dark hot chocolate. I like it because it’s so different.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2012 - Single bottle from Total Wine. Very dark amber pour with a small tan head. Heavy lacing. A lot of vanilla and ginger in the aroma, along with some pine, citrus, and dough. Pretty heavy malt taste to start, then grass/pine, bread, bitter chocolate. Finishes with some cinnamon/ginger spice. Medium-bodied, low carbonation. Not bad, but wouldn’t keep me from reaching for a lot of other winter releases first.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (256) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2013 2013 - Pours a rich dark brown with a caramel head that lingers and laces well. Nose is of spices, mostly clove, and fruit - maybe raisins - against a slight dark malt undertone. Body is thin. Taste is of spice, mostly ginger and cardamom but a prune flavor is also present. Not complex at all. More dark malt would improve this beer quite a bit. Good carbonation. Finish is of spice with a slight lingering spice induced aftertaste and bitterness. Good but not great.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (255) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - DEC 6, 2013
Aromas sumamente interesantes, y los cuales te hacen saber que estás ante una gran cerveza. Color obscuro, profundo, turbia. En el aroma las principales notas son herbales destacando notas a pino. Al paladar el pino vuelve a hacerte presente, junto con notas especiadas. En general excelente cerveza.


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