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RATINGS: 1821   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.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
My bottle was 2006... brand new. Smells and looks a lot like soy sauce...add some strong ale aromas. Tastes okay. Not terrible...but I was expecting more of a spiced pale ale or something. oops. Very odd malts and sour flavors. Dark. Tan head.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gizmo_ber (150) - - DEC 21, 2013
2013 edition. Great spice blend, but goes down very smooth and creamy. A delicious ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (149) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Sweet chocolate aroma. Dark brown/black with tan head. Spices and dark chocolate. Bittersweet lingering dark chocolate finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (149) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
2011 edition, bottle @ home. Nice head with good lacing. Moderately sweet, herbal nose, hints of licorice, orange, ginger, some clove. Taste is somewhat dry with moderate sweetness. Medium body and soft carbonation. Hints of honey, licorice, ginger, grass. It ends with a nice hitting touch of pepper, and some lightly sour dry bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
The 2008 vintage from a 1.5L bottle purchased locally. Aroma is slightly roasty with a little hop citrus in there. Color is a dark brown like black coffee. Flavor has coffee and dark chocolate notes with some lemony hop flavor. I do not perceive any spices in there, maybe some spruce. It is a porter at the base and very well done. Malty but a dry finish without being too heavy. I would like to try this again in a year or two if I can get some more before they are gone.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - DEC 5, 2010
2010 ale. Pours blackish with a brown head. Heavy ginger aroma. Medium-heavy body, you get a roasted malts and spices dominate the palate. Good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Cloves and Cinn..very nice Christmas beer. Mild body. Creamy, black with thin white head.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown with a big tan head. The aroma is really cool... mint and light, bitter hops blended with spruce...! The flavor is great, with caramel and malt rounding it out nicely. Mouthfeel is light, but not too watery. A really nice, unique holiday beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diablokev (146) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2013 version. Aroma is nutty but slight. Appearance is dark brown with a cream head. Taste is a bit nutty as well very smooth and easy to drink. Overall not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2008
2008 bottle- Beer poors dark with a light tan head. Aroma is of roasted grains and a bit of spice comes through in the aroma. The Flavor is similar to the aroma with a roasted grains coming through and a hint of spices. Molases flavor also comes through at the beginning but fades through the beer. Bitterness is tame and roasted grain bitterness seems to come through more than anything else. Beer finishes extremely dry Overall beer is good.


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