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RATINGS: 1951   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.


3.4
   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

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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (266) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
2013 bottle. Dark ruby. Different to earlier years w more pronounced spruce or some other similar notes. Good solid Xmas beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
(2010 version) 35,5 cl bottle from a beer retailer. It pours a completely black (with little ruby tones) liquid with a medium-high light brown spongy head, that sadly dissipates kind of fast, but lasts throughout the beer, leaving a little lacing. The aroma has roasted malts, chocolate, sweet licorice (mainly), spices; a little too sweet all in all. It tastes better: roasted malts everywhere, spices, with the hint of chocoalte and a good flavour of sweet licorice, as well as some porto wine and herbal hops. It has a gentle carbonation, medium-full body and a medium bitter very dry finish. Pleasant herbal and licorice aftertaste. It is not my type of beer, but it is an awesome brew. Presentation (bottle and crown cap) is very good, as always with Anchor Brewing (I’d wish for a different crown cap than Liberty Ale, though).

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Deep, deep brown pour that light barely penetrates. Topped with a frothy dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Great nose – ginger bread cookies and sweet dried fruit. I could smell this all night! Palate is somewhat thin and mildly carbonated. Taste is more bitter than the nose suggested. Some of the ginger comes through in the flavor. Has a nice dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Tasty spicy holiday beer. Pretty consistently good -- I’ve had this from other vintages. Malty aroma, and little smoky, perhaps some coriander and orange taste. Not too heavy or spicy, good bitter finish, and definitely my favorite holiday beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2014
ginger bite, floral, resin, spruce, herbs, earthy, caramel, bread, hay, cough drop, ginger, cedar, red, hazy, frothy, white foam, lightly bitter, lightly ginger, light body, medium bite, soft carbonation, creamy,


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