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RATINGS: 1810   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 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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2012
2011 edition. colour is dark brown with a reddish tint. pours a reddish tanned thick, dense, foamy head that stays on forever. looks very balanced. the aromascape is interesting with malt, dark bread, berries, wood, juniper, alcohol, dark chocolate and caramel, a sweet fruit, ginger and dough. the taste completely suprised me with the most sweet hops finished off with low tasty bitterness. leaves a salty drop on the lips. a round sourness finishes the package. the palate is extremely well done; the body is creamy and oily textured and full, but not overpowering. it just flows in and carries the tastes incredibly well. might be one of the best iíve had from anchor. great job.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
o_Merlin_o (159) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
2013 version in bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a creamy dark head. Excellent lacing. Very light aroma of hops and dirt. Excellent hops palate. Quite aqueous. An excellent beer. Would be better if it wasn't so aqueous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
(2012) Weird, interesting beer. Indeed, almost every aspect of the beer surprised me! Much darker than expected, though a lightly colored head. Necco wafers (!), berried hard candy and a touch of juniper in the smell, along with some mellow but certain root beer action. Summarily, smells like a root beer Necco wafer. None-the-less, not too sweet, nor junipery in the flavor. That being said, definitely on the sweeter side, but even as a guy who shies from such, Iím enjoying this one. Actually a pretty enjoyable flavor, if not a bit confusing. Indeed, this is a good example of a beer with a heavily accented flavor that is still well-balanced in itís overall taste. Mouthfeel was a bit sparse, and aftertaste suffered in comparison to the flavor, but these werenít detriments. My only complaint is that it never really occurred to me what I was drinking. Which, come to think of it, isnít necessarily a complaint. Off to work on this very large bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown w/lively tan head. Cinnamon, clove, anise, carmel, and pumpkin all permeate from the lip of the glass...quite inviting. The body is both slightly thin yet smooth with a strong anise and cinnamon flavor with hints of brown sugar and a spicy finish.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2006
Thanks to beer_ledgend for this one. Pours black with a light brown head. Iíve probably held on to this bottle for a bit too long as the aroma is barely there but I can still detect some toasty malt, a touch of cinnamon and tarry notes. The body is thinner than expected and drops off quickly without lingering. It has a spicy sweetness, some apple and a little astringency in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
truebluehes (155) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle. Dark, black brew with a beige head. Aroma is sweet with hints of spruce and a little malty. Flavor is sweet with nice bubbly mouth-feel. Spices hit quite strong with a dry finish with lingering roasted malt.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Perfect. I have had every year since I can remember. Usually in bottle and on tap. Also -- at Stuffed Sandwiches in CA you can usually try different years (aged) side by side. Wish I had it everyday.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
revolution2718 (154) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
2013 Version. Pours very dark, some red in there. Nose is gingerbread, spices, brown sugar. Taste is gingerbread, spices, cinnamon, orange zest, on the end there's a little bitterness, almost like burn cookies, a roasty note. Baked apple also, with the cinnamon, and a lot of sugars. Thin but not watery. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 28, 2012
2011 vintage: Aroma: Liquorice, burnt caramel, blackberries, figs, raisins, tobacco, pine wood,cinnamon, medicinal notes and more. Really nice interplay. Mouthfeel: Big and foamy, medium carbonation. Taste: Balanced taste. Dry. Whoa, lots of unidentified spices. Bitter on the top of the tongue with an earthy, herbal quality. Finish: Coffee touches with a long, long dry finish. A small amount of tartness, too. Overall: Truly special. Not my fave, but still I can appreciate it for the great, memorable beer it is.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle, í06 vintage. Attractive tan head. Dark color. Malt, cloves, and licorice aromas. interesting, but somewhat mild. The taste was much the same, with a somewhat interesting colection of sweet spices noted in this beer towards the end. The finish was dry, mild, and lingering. Body was much lighter than expected. Seems like it could go well with spicy or smokey food, as well as vegetable dishes.


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