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RATINGS: 1946   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
molly75 (300) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - JUL 29, 2011
SCHIUMA: color beige, compatta, buona presenza e media persistenza COLORE: marrone scuro con riflessi porpora. INTENSITA’ / 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 ciò 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 però 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, 36ª della serie " our special ale" )

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 can’t 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ninecats (297) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2015
Backlog, Christmas 2014. Bottle. Dark brown with two finger tan head, dissipates quickly leaving some lacings. Wonderful aroma of pine needles, vanilla, spices, liquorice, malt. Taste about the same with a dry finish. Medium body, light to medium carbo.

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. Haven’t 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2008 Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a rather large, frothy, off-white head. Aromas of nutmeg, spices, hops, and spruce. Texture is slick and oily, but very thin. Has a nice aftertaste with Christmas spices, but rather thin in the mouth. Not bad but not great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scouser (293) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Draft: Pours dark dark brown with a big white foamy head. Aromas of chocolate, malt and spruce. Flavor is slightly chocolatey but not roasty, subtle but noticeable spices. A little bitterness at the finish. Perhaps some minty like Northern Brewer hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dutch23mp (291) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
12 oz bottle pours a very dark red with a small creamy head. Lots of flavor balanced and not overwhelming which I find pleasant. A nice fruitful flavor with a slight hint of roasted malt, some spices but not enough to disrupt the beer taste. A hint of bitterness from the hops comes through. Quite pleasant on the palate, a very nice winter brew


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