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RATINGS: 1962   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Black. Lightly spiced, a bit more spice would have added to the beer a lot. Only an Ok beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2008
07 bottle. Pours a real dark brown with a thin off-white. Smells like a Christmas tree and roasted barley. The taste is overly spicy with little balance. I thought a year would help, I was damn wrong. Not on my wish list.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melkart (316) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - NOV 28, 2013
Very nice beer. I tasted floral and a little bit honey. The alcohol show itself a little bit, but the beer is balanced considering the whole. Dark collor and light body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 12oz. bottle - pours very dark brown with ruby highlights and a light brown, caramel head leaving elegant lacing in the glass. Aroma is very malty, fruity and tart, somewhat sweet. Reminded me of many traditional English dark ales, actually, but with notes of chocolate and molasses. Flavour however is a kick in the ass, a very complex array on the palate. Starts off with some sweet chocolate, spruce, lots of spice that I canít put my finger on. Finishes with toffee and chocolate, along with some sweet maltiness and light vanilla. The aftertaste is long and delicious. This is a very unique, complex and satisfying beer. Great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a bit of amber tint and a thick off white head. The aroma is spicy... caramel malts, nutmeg. The taste is excellent. A bit of chocolate malt, a little clove and cinnamon. A good bit of carbonation, with a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Looking forward to cellering a couple of these to see how they are next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lord_totenkopf (314) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 12, 2011
On tap at íCsak a jů sŲrí. Very dark colour, shines ruby in the light. Head is minimal, brown, creamy. Strong aroma of roasted malt, bitter notes such as coffee, a bit of dark bitter chocolate and some spices. Very intense brew, especially if you like Anchorís beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 2008 bottle. Pours a very dark amber, somewhat porter-like. Aroma is cloves, spruce, a little cinnamon - Christmas spices, who wouldíve guessed? The flavor of spice and some citrus is much lighter than I expected from the aroma. Nothing really sticks out that much - itís balanced, but not terribly exciting. Smooth palate with a clean dry finish. Not bad. <br\> <br\> Updated: July 15 2009.
2008 vintage bottle. So what if itís the complete wrong time of year? A nice dark ruby color with a full tan head. Smells like potpourri - cinnamon, cloves, gingerbread, maybe a little chocolate in there as well, and something else I canít quite place. Flavor is subdued maltiness complemented by lots of spice, largely the same as the aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, potpourri in general. Finishes dry to a pleasant spicy citrusy bitterness. Smooth, balanced, tasty. The spices take some getting used to, though - this isnít your everyday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scouser (312) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Huge tan head(unchilled), lovely nearly opaque colour with hints of chestnut. Smells quite spicy, rather moldy. Gentle palate, intense flavours of basement and holly wreaths. Thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
A - Pours a dark dark amber color with a nice thick light tan head. S - Aroma of spices like nutmeg T - Initial taste of spice but then nothing. I expected more depth from this one D - Don’t think this is one that you would drink much of, but just one is about right. Serving type: bottle, 2008 version

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