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RATINGS: 1946   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Mild aroma, nice balance of hops and malts, dark fruits. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor is quite nice. Complex with dark fruits, licorice, a slight tartness, bitter up front, with a sweet finish. Relatively full bodied. Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BiffNilsson (270) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Mörkbrun vätska med liten brun krona. Återhållsam doft med lätta kaffeinslag. Lätt kropp och liten smak. Syrlig och Tämligen smaklös. Lättdrucken och Smakar inte illa på något vis men tråkig.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - OCT 1, 2010
Had the 2008 vintage On the nose, I digg the raisins, coffe, chocolate flavours that show up! Also getting "gløgg" which is a Scandinavian thing, almost like a gluhwein (google it) It´s kinda shy in taste at the begging, before it builds up. Soft bitternes, a lovely rich malt flavour. Really smooth in the mouth. Getting some roasted malt aswell in on the end palate. This is for me, christmas in a bottle! Never tried this beer, but doing so in the middle of july makes me look forward to snow and december! The nose is fantastic, and taste is really good! I just wish the beer was more foamy in taste, but it holds really good for a 2 year old beer! I want to get my hands on an 09 as soon as possible!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle: Merry Christmas. Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head. I smell some sweet chocolate in there, maybe some slight nut smell in there as well. I smell some spice in there as well, maybe ginger. Taste was a little underwhelming. I note a hint of ginger in this one and some chocolate. I also notice that hint of nut character that I smelled. I’d say this was good, but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2011
Dark ruby red with a nice off white head. Aromas of Christmas spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and some seasonal dried fruit. Spices in the flavour along with caramel and some alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2007
pours black with a big brown head....aroma of cookies and ginger...tastes of gingerbread...malts and hops are nicely balanced...crisp dry finish...nice change of pace for me with this one, I’m not a huge fan of spiced brew but I enjoyed this

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mensch (265) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Dark opaque brown, frothy tan head. Intriguing aroma of raw brown sugar and holiday spices-cinnamon, cloves maybe coriander (mace? ginger? something weird, but it works). Smooth and light bodied, very full flavors. Unusually rich and complex for a low strength brew.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2008
2007 bottle. Pours an almost black colour with a beige head, On the nose I got some fresh, but artificial, citrus (made me think of detergent) mixed with some ginger, roasted coffee beans and julmust (a swedish christmas soft drink). The taste is a bit sweet and resembles the aroma but with much more ginger!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
2007 edition served at 52 degrees very dark with a big head that quickly fades. very malty aroma and flavor. not as thick as it looks flavors are somewhat subdued lacing is good. taste better as it warms

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours DARK red-black with a foamy tan head. Aromas of cherry, anise, chocolate and a hint of spice (ginger, nutmeg). Flavors of cherry, smooth, light chocolate, cola/root beer, molasses, with dark chocolate and black cherry flavors coming through seconds later. A bit too tarty/sweet on the finish and mouthfeel could be thicker. Amazingly complex, though, and a little bit warming. Like fruitcake.


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