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RATINGS: 1879   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerd16 (219) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
Pours dark brown, with some purple embers. Small 1 finger head retreats almost immediately. Aroma is dominated by ginger, cinnamon & liquorice, some cherry and perhaps a little citrus in the background. Sweet and sour cherry leaks onto the palate, followed by some ginger, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Leaves a hue of roasted-malt-bitterness in its wake. Palate is medium and consistent but due to excessive carbonation is almost soda-esque. Its status as one of Anchorís flagship beers warrants a more pronounced flavor profile and aroma.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melker (218) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2012
Dark brown beer, off-white head. Some spices in the aroma, canít put my finger on it. Taste is overpowered by mint... kinda weird. Interesting . Light body and pretty good carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Beautiful beer. Absolutely beautiful. Dark brown, almost ruby color with a nice fluffy head. Smells pretty sweet, a bit malty, but mostly sweet. Hmmm.. not quite as intense as I was hoping out of this one. From the look and smell, I was expecting a whopper of a taste and it just wasnít there. Sweet taste with some evident spices but didnít really taste any malt in there. I think I probably should have held on to this one for a while. Only bought one bottle and wanted to try it, probably should have waited.

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.

3.3
   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 itís tuill not a good beer

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 Brixieís, 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 thatís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kindacold (213) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours reddish dark brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of spices and grain. Light mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Lots of spices and pepper in the front, hints of celery, raisins, and a slightly hoppy finish in the back of the mouth. Throughout, there is a hint of orange pith. Slightly sticky finish.

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.


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