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RATINGS: 1945   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 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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (303) - - DEC 10, 2014
Pours a dark brown body with a thick head. Discrete malty aroma. Rich and nice taste of malt and spices.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OzarkElmo (303) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours reddish-brown with moderate beige head. Tastes of malt & spices - ginger, cinnamon and others. Malty but thin and easy to drink. Not smokey, thatís a plus. Good for the style, but not my style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theOptimator (301) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruit. Appearance is dark brown mahogany with medium large tan head. Taste is complex spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruits, black licorice, wood, roasty, earthy, some sourness, mint. Palate is medium+. Overall a very interesting beer. Does an excellent job of combining many nice christmas spices, but keeping balanced and not over the top. A complex beer I feel would age well, but is great right now.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Dark, very dark almost black like ruby red color on the pour. The aroma is giving me spices, nutmeg, juniper berry, and coriander. I taste all sorts of things, cherry, plums, juniper berry, orange peel, nutmeg. This beer definitely reminds me of Christmas. Lighter bodied beer. Nice lacing but not that much head to speak of at all. Still nice though definitely recommend this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
molly75 (300) - (Madrid - EspaŮa), ITALY - JUL 29, 2011
SCHIUMA: color beige, compatta, buona presenza e media persistenza COLORE: marrone scuro con riflessi porpora. INTENSITAí / FINEZZA / AROMA intensa, con evidenti contributi dati dalla speziatura la quale ricorda lo zenzero, a cui si aggiunge un fruttato (prugna o fichi secchi?), malti tostati. GUSTO / RETROGUSTO / PERSISTENZA entra abbastanza contundente in bocca, con una speziatua in primo piano caratterizzata da sentori di zenzero o anice, che ricordano i tipici biscotti natalizi. A ciÚ si affianca una certa astringenza acidula e fruttata, che si mescola con un amaro tostato che prima di dominare il finale ed il retrogusto in modo abbastanza netto, lascia spazio ad un altalenante ritorno della speziatura. CORPO / CARBONATAZIONE / CONSISTENZA corpo medio, buona carbonatazione, riempe bene la bocca sensa essere troppo spessa. @@una birra natalizia ben fatta, con i classici toni speziati e un docliastro che perÚ non stanca troppo grazie al finale amaro ed una tostatura ben presente. Una birra da dolce, o da bere sola. Ha giocato a suo sfavore averla bevuta in un luglio afoso e , per essere sinceri, una personale avversione allo zenzero o a quella parvenza di zenzero che la mia bocca ha riconosciuto. comunque sempre una Anchor di buon livello. ( versione anno 2010, 36™ della serie " our special ale" )

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (298) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Beautiful beer, clear dark black brown, ample foamy tan head. Smells lightly of cloves, nutmeg, roasted rice, like rice Crispies, or puffed rice you find in some green teas, some honey. Hint of spice, hint of bitterness, sweet body, but far from overwhelming. Nice balanced, mildly chewy mouthfeel. A touch of oiliness. Lightly carbonated. Sort of watery finish. Overall quite excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
soyorganic (297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2011 bottle: Nice aroma of crystal malt, licorice notes and something else I canít put my finger on. Roasted malt, chocolate and licorice notes, almost some menthol or juniper notes. Nice flavor but thin watery feel that get in the way of what would be a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2007
12 oz bottle compliments of beerlord. Havenít had one of their special ales before, I was surprised at how dark it poured, almost looking like a porter. The aroma and flavor dispelled that quick enough, and the one flavor that came through quickest, which I had a hard time identifying at first, was carmel. I know there are a mixture of other flavors in here too, and from the looks of other reviews here they are harder to identify. Over all though a very tasty, unique blended brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 26, 2007
2006 vintage. Pours a chocolately brown with a thick caramel colored head. The flavor is of bitter coffee and mocha. Perhaps nutmeg as well? Not an overly enticing beer which is why it took 6 months to finish the six pack.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefederalist (296) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Pours quite dark, nice tan head w/ lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and nuts. Flavor is salty, nutty and mild. Vague dacetyl in the mouthfeel. I was unimpressed.


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