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RATINGS: 1830   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2006
2006 bottle. Mahogany-brown clor with thick tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, brown sugar and some toasted malt. Flavor is similar but a little over-hopped with a sticky, soapy finish.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerlord (215) - tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 2006 vintage, Nice deep brown hue with a tin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is all nutmeg, flavor is nutmeg whit some molassese. I hate this beer. Other than megaswill i never say that, i find it that offensive. rating 1.8 2007 version: Malty/Chocolate/nutmeg/ginger aroma, deep ruby body with a nice tan head. Slightly malty flavor then that damn nutmeg takes over, but teh spices donw and makena really enjoyable winter brew. This is better than 2006 version but it’s tuill not a good beer

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Color is beautiful, deep ruby red. Very malty, toasty caramel malt. Lightly spiced. Not a big hop presents, pretty good warming beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (215) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RyanK (214) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours a dark red with alight brown head that is small and quick to dissipate. In the light it looks similar to cranberry juice with a lot of bubbles. Smells of yeast, cloves and spices, maybe some cinnamon? Definitely an interesting smell. Body is watery and bubbly, with a little bite to it. Taste of light and easygoing hops and malt that provide a little roasted bitterness. Other elements such as the spices and yes cinnamon comes through. Very earthy tasting and smelling, interesting but not leaving me yearning for more.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - DEC 7, 2007
On tap at Brixie’s, Brookfield IL. Spices pretty subdued. Most noticable was the dry finish with a touch of bitterness. I think I liked the Great Lakes Christmas Ale a little better.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shonobiwan (213) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Long Island, NY - Growler poured into a .5 liter lager glass. Pours a nice full brown color with slightly tan moderate head and mild lacing. As you bring it up for a sip you get a waft of roasted malt, nutmeg, cinnamon and maybe some cardamom. Brilliant. Taste is of above mentioned spices followed by a malty bitterness that’s just right. As the beer warmed the flavors developed further and the ethanol taste became stronger but overall it was quoted good, reminding me of a warm mulled Polish beer. This is good stuff! One to remember. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
mintzmeet (212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
dark branchy color. mellow spicy aroma. full bodied in flavor, but not texture. pops with a bit of juniper. Christmas spices with dark sugar and ginger biscuit

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
(draft) Pretty damn good. Higly malty, with a touch of coffee. No chocolate or licorice at all, but still a good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2009. Dark reddish-brown with a dense tan head. Aromas of malt, cypress, foxwood and spruce in the nose; a hint of warm gingerbread-like spices in the mouth. Flavor is sweet with a dry afterbite, bit of sourness at the end. Very good holiday beer.


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