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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (142) - 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 (141) - 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 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tabednar (139) - - NOV 19, 2011
11.19.2011 - Houston, TX Bottle Very complex and actually light bodied despite it’s appearance. Spicy and rich that is a perfect Christmas beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconger (138) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Bottle. Vintage 2010. Very dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Aromas of honey, toffee, and raisins. Much spicier and less sweet than the smell would indicate. Fun and complex. Begins with a hit of bitter citrus and spice (cloves, nutmeg, bitter herbs) which gives way to a toasty malt accented by a mildly tongue-puckering astringency. This is a great holiday beer! **************** Update 2011: bottle vintage 2011. Very dark brown pour with a medium dark tan head. Aromas of prune, cinnamon, and anise. Flavors of sour cherry, currant, tobacco, allspice. A little more sour this year I think. A six pack of this is becoming a December tradition.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
First thing I noticed was how much darker this beer was than most Spice/Herb/Vegatable’s. (2005 Vintage) Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma is plesant with notes of malts, fruit, raisen, black liqourish and ginger root. Flavor is Extremely complex with a perfect balance, notes of malts plum, spices, nutmeg, clove, mollasses, and chocolate. I could never get enough of this beer. Without a doubt my favorite Spice/Herb/Vegatable so far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2006
This one was better than I expected, but partially because it was had with dessert, so the fruitiness (cherry, by my account) settled in nicely. Not overly complex or heavy. Overall, an enjoyable experience.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ReverendMoon (136) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Can't really detect anything on the nose. Granted, this was served colder out of the tap than it should have. Waterier than I would have liked. Overall not overly impressed. Better definitely as it warms up. If I had it out of the bottle I would let it sit first before I tried it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Pours like a porter, with a nice tan head. Aromas of roast, spice and hops blend perfectly. The flavor is full and rich, the spices are not overwhelming and finishes surprisingly dry and bitter. If I remember, it seems similar to last years- good. I like dry and bitter, and this has some sweetness to balance it out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 2010 bottle, pours an incredibly dark amber with a light brown head. Aroma is bready, with a good amount of roasted malt and caramel sweetness. Flavor is bready and bitter, with some mild roasted malt flavors as well. As it warms, the flavors become more complex, and the caramel and roasted malt flavors really begin to shine. The first time I had it I drank it too fast and much of the complexity was masked as a result. This is an outstanding beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - NOV 28, 2007
Nice rich porter like color with notes of chocolate and spice. Great dark tan head with excellent lacing. Nice allspice finish that lingers just a bit before I’m ready for another sip. A very enjoyable winter beer that I will continue to enjoy after a day on the slopes.


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