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RATINGS: 1829   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 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 2007 - Pour DARK brown, with a nice, one-finger head. Aroma is spicy, but not as strong as I was expecting. Flavor is malty, with a holiday spice finish (allspice, cinnamon?). The mouth is creamy and smooth. Overall a nice traditional seasonal , but not one that I’d by in huge quantities.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theviolet (173) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
2008 Bottle Into Tumbler. Aroma seems very spicy in a holiday type way with a bit of caramel. Not something I particularly enjoy. Looks nice, small tan head, rich brown body, good lacing. My initial thought when tasting it was wow, bitter. As i swallowed, the bitterness was replaced by holiday spices, and a slight bit of sweetness. Aftertaste was again bitter in an almost toasty, slightly burnt way. Has a bit of creaminess, but not overly prevalent.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (173) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
truebluehes (171) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2011
This beer is released yearly by Anchor and each one is a little bit different. This year is a brownish amber color. The flavor has hints of spice, is a touch tart, and has a little bit of dark fruit to it. It’s very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2008
2008 Batch. Pours dark with some translucence around the edges. Fairly stout-like appearance. Aroma is pine and a bit of ginger with some malty sweetness. Flavor is underwhelming. Some bitterness but not much flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Poured much darker than I thought it would. Almost like a porter to echo Strykzone’s comments with a full tan head. Sweet aroma of something that I can’t make out. Taste is full, sugrary and lingers. Not something I’ll pick up every year. Kind of a let down considering how reliable the guys at Anchor are.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Great brew! Dark brown pour with a huge thick head and great lacing. Holiday spice of cinnamon and ginger and a decent amount of hops. A very good winter brew.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
2007 bottle. Opaque black color, good head that is almost instantly gone. Almost no aroma, and flavors are really underwhelming, except for a hint of ?lavender? This is just bland, dark stuff, and a real disappointment.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chribban (167) - SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2013
2010 edition. Best before september 2012. Still very drinkable. (august 2013) ABV: 5.5 Nice dark brown almost black color with a three finger light brown head. Milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, malt, brown sugar and yeast. Almost no carbonation. A hint of oxidation, still a very good beer!


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