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RATINGS: 2047   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgreb (409) - Marburg, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2009
bottle (asheft) 2007 - dark brown beer with a thick beige head. Spicy aroma like cinnamon. Flavour has a lot of fruits and spices.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
konungen (409) - - 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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Dec. 15, 2006. 12 oz. bottle of 2006 vintage sampled Dec. 8 at Farm 255, Athens GA. Drank this one in dimly-lit conditions at my sister-in-lawís wedding party, and am now referring to hastily scrawled notes on the back of a business card: "Raisiny, hoppy, frothy, full-body, lasting malt palate, dark fruit, 18/20, aroma-avg." Sounds like it was pretty good! ;-) (Havenít met an Anchor product I didnít like -- a lot.)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (407) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 2, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2015 2015 355ml bottle. Re-rate after a second try, poured into a tulip snifter. L: this yearís is one of the best looking from memory. It pours a dark olive brown with a finger of creamy light tan head, excellent lacing. S: Thereís clove up front and sweetened malt and dark fruit underneath, it comes out a bit more as it warms. T: the taste follows the nose mostly providing spice flavour with some dark malt, light anise, a bit aqueous. The spice just gets a bit overpowering by the end F: the malt body is a tad llight, a little spritzy up front, a little spice warmth. O: itís not bad, but Iíve enjoyed the last few years more, they were more robust I thought. Is it just my shifting palate?

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2010
2008 magnum, dark brown with a fluffy tan head, aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor is deep sticky maltiness with a nice piney hop and then spices like all spice, nutmeg, etc. Nice and Christmasy tasting, one of my fave Christmas beers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
2015 version out of bottle from brewers droop, Bristol. pours deep dark ruby with an orange brown thick persistent head. Aroma is warming with doughy spice like light cinnamon, there is an earthy character against the soft roast nature and possibly spruce notes. The flavour has a dry, nutty roast/char flavour which is balanced by a silky texture. There are subtle spice notes here. Toward the back of the tongue there is a liquorice flavour reminiscent of my early homebrew but much cleaner and later,, some doughyness is perceived in the flavour. Overall, some great flavours and certainly a multifaceted beer though i would say the dough character is somewhat overwhelming some other aspects of the beer. Very nice, though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (405) - 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

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
This is a 12 oz bottle from the 2013 batch. I havenít had the others so canít comment in comparison. Pours out a dark brown with a chocolate head that reminds me of many porters Iíve had, but with slight red tint. Nice big pillowy foam. Even once the foam had gone away there wasnít much to the aroma to note, some roastiness and a little wine-like yeast stood out. Sweet with sort of a bittersweet chocolate fruityness. However the spices are very distracting, itís like accidentally getting all the spices youíd use making gingerbread dough all up in your nose. Very light mouthfeel with a surprisingly strong alcohol flavor for 5.5%. Call me a grinch but I just ainít digging these spiced winter seasonals.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Just okay. I wanted to note that ratebeer totally pussed out by not including a separate 2005 and 2006 version of this beer, but merely has 2005 and later. Way to mail it in, ratebeer. If itís a different beer every year, we should honor it, even if it is only half-assed. Enjoy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Not a huge fan of this one. Pours a ruby-brown color with a very thin head. Cannot place aroma, almost like dried dates. Taste is slightly toffee-like with hints of spiciness that I cannot quite place. A fun beer to try once, but I probably wonít be picking it up again.


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