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RATINGS: 1951   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
2007. Pours a pretty dark brown with a nice tan head. Spicy aroma and great spicy taste. Definitely a good holiday brew. 12 oz. bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Winter 2007 Edition. Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, strong maltiness at the outset. Very spicy bouquet. Blood red with substantial, foamy, tan head. Initially spice overwhelms flavor: allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinammon. Malt takes on midpalate, with a touch of spicy hop on the finish. Spices subsist till the finish; however, the finish is rudely abrupt for such a boldly flavored ale, and it may have benefited from a more drawn out flavor. Still, quite a warming ale. I might take a case up to the mountains with me next month.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Purchased at Liquor Lodge in Menomonee Falls. Opaque with a big tan head. Smells spiced, like mulled cider. I can smelll anise too, along with some hops. The flavor is black liquorice candy (Good N Plenty) and ginger. I’m not a big fan of this one. To be fair, it is a winter seasonal from 2005 that I’m first drinking in August of 06. It may have gone bad?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Poured a dark brown into glass with a finger tan head. The aroma is cinnamon up front with some breadiness i’m also picking up a floral hop aroma. The taste is figs, cinnamon with a hop bitter finish, it has a pretty creamy mouthfeel. Decent beer

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, that’s a plus. Good for the style, but not my style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Dark mahogany with a minimal tan head. Aroma of cloves, cinnamon, and spices associated with Christmas. Tastes like Christmas. No thanks. It may not be bad, but not something I’d like again.

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 - 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" )

3.7
   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefederalist (297) - 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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