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RATINGS: 1830   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
2006 edition: Nice very thick darker beige head. Thin but full lace down the glass. Not much aroma, some spicy malt smell. Very dark color, darker than expected, some reddish brown highlights on the edge, but very dark. Nice flavor, malty spicy flavors. rather dry finish. NOT a thirst quenching beer. Rather grainy after flavors. Nice with a meal though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2007
2006 bottle. Poured a really nice dark brown/red with a big tan head. Aroma is malty, spiced, and some fruit. Taste is roasted, dark chocolate, and a slight fruit. This is a nice winter beer. Too bad I had it in the summer but it was still good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haggis03a3 (164) - Piedmont, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2007 on tap. Black color with a beige head. Aroma of malts and spices. Flavor was an explosion of well balanced spices and malts.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
12oz. Pours a medium-light brown with thick head that has good retention, lacy patterns on the glass. Very malty on the nose, slight hint of cherry/fruit and a bit of caramel. Very interesting spice flavor with ginger being dominant, reminds me of egg nog and root beer a bit, little hop bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Flavor and body linger for a while.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2006
The darker of the two beers I drank, the second I drank and the second in my heart. Malty, syrupy and spicy (think aniseed and coriander, not chile peppers). Worth a pint if you want something new and different and you like "holiday" flavorings.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2005
flavour is kind of bland. looks alright i guess. light brown head and dark color. i dont know its just kind of boring. fools need to step up their beer game

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fcjack1 (162) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2013
On tap at The Red Hot. Almost looks like Porter. Smells like a brown, nutty. Taste of vanilla and coffee and spices. Smooth. Good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle.Pours a black ruby color with a large tan head. Great lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruity chocolate with notes of spice. Flavor is strange; chocolate and fruit maybe, with notes of alcohol on the finish ... different, but great. Mouth feel is slightly carbonated with a silky body. Good winter brew!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 19, 2005
on tap in san fran or in bottle in maryland. dark black with very small light brown head. light spiceing and a rich indertermineate malt. pretty good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2006
(a 2006 bottle) For some reason all anchor beers taste better in my franziskaner weizen glass. pours an ebony red color and if you hold it up to the light you can see alot of bubble action. The aroma is a strang unique smell that i couln’t detect. The flavor is spicy smooth with a pleasant arpeggio rip of notes.


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