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RATINGS: 2042   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Spicy, robust, opaque, well balanced, slighty hoppy in the back of the throat, delicious with fondue or simply alone. A great American Christmas beer!!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Samuel214 (347) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Flaska från SB. Mörk rubinröd, brunsvart vätska med mörkbeieget halvt finger tjocker skum som lägger sig. Sötsur och maltig doft av russin, torr choklad, hubba-bubba tuggummi, råglimpa, pumpernickel. Även en aning lakrits, kaffe och en nypa julkryddor. Medelstor, halvtorr kropp; inleder något större för att sedan lägga sig ganska kvickt. Kanske en aning för mycket kolsyra. Ganska kraftig för sin låga alkoholhalt. Inleds med kaffe, fudge och en del mörkrostade toner - gränsar nästan till en stout! Kanske en aning ekfat och enbär. Sötman tillbakahållen i jämförelse med aromen. Efterbeskan är främst kaffe. Helt ok!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (347) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 2, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2015 2015 355ml bottle. Re-rate after a second try, poured into a tulip snifter. L: this year’s is one of the best looking from memory. It pours a dark olive brown with a finger of creamy light tan head, excellent lacing. S: There’s clove up front and sweetened malt and dark fruit underneath, it comes out a bit more as it warms. T: the taste follows the nose mostly providing spice flavour with some dark malt, light anise, a bit aqueous. The spice just gets a bit overpowering by the end F: the malt body is a tad llight, a little spritzy up front, a little spice warmth. O: it’s not bad, but I’ve enjoyed the last few years more, they were more robust I thought. Is it just my shifting palate?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VAYankee (344) - Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark brown body and a thick brown head. Malty, spicy aroma includes cinnamon, nutmeg, light pine and a touch of cocoa. Flavor includes moderate malt(slightly chocolate), spice and licorice followed by a lightly dry, roasted malt aftertaste with a bit of smokiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours black with tones of red and a small light brown head. Aroma has hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine. Very creamy and smooth to drink but leaves a dry finish. I enjoyed this beer and I’m looking forward to the 2006 release.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2007
06 vintage consumed in may of 07. color is garnet as the pour begins when done it’s a deep brown with 1/2 inch of khaki head on the top. nose has some sweet dried fruit and spices cinnamon and clove in particular. interesting flavor starts with a tart cherry with some coco on the edges. the hops are effervescent and as they fade bring back a licorice and spice flavor that lasts. different that’s for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Tastes the ’08 &’09 and they are very very different. The ’08 is more like a stout and the ’09 is more like an spiced ale. Similar flavor profiles, very different in the body and carbonation. Looking forward to the ’12!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueshockey24 (343) - Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2015
2015 bottle purchased in CO. I pick up pick up chocolate, raisin, herbal and licorice notes. I’ve been trying it since 2007 and feel this is one of my favorites. I liked the 2007 a lot and feel this is very comparable. Hard to be 100% sure without the ability to try them side by side. I’ll hunt down a case of it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Dark brown. Long creamy head. Aroma of cola, spruce, caramel. Flavor is the same with roasted malt. Crisp, dry finiah.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pforei (338) - USA - JAN 1, 2008
Dark brown with thick brown head. Great aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg pie crust and other spices that I can’t put my finger on. Smells like the holiday season. Caramel malty flavor with a slight chocolate tinge. Beer has the backbone of a mild old ale with pumpkin ale style spice. Not overly sweet. Thin to medium body. Dry finish.


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