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RATINGS: 1971   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   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).

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle. Chestnut brown with thin head. Low-medium carbonation. The most interesting aroma, almost like fresh gingerbread out of the oven. Taste is surprisingly dry, but spicy. Cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate flavours are present. Mouthfeel is ok, a little bitter & muddy like you would get while having an espresso drink or dark hot chocolate. I like it because it’s so different.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMA (256) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
Dark copper color. Beige head. Medium to thin body. Dry, some bitterness. Some odd aroma I can’t really define. Malty taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nittanytide (255) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Poured opaque dark brown, with a foamy, tan head. Aroma is bread and dark chocolate. Taste is toasty, but a little watery on the back end. Good, but nothing “special”.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fcjack1 (254) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Dark brown pour with big head. The aroma and flavor were both dominated by ... rose. Spicy flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget. I actually really liked the aroma of this beer, the spices made it very much of a Christmas beer. The looks are not bad either, very dark with a nice foam. Then there is the taste, it wasn’t all that good. Se bitterness lingering in there with the spices, a little sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - JAN 20, 2013
28.12.12. Bottle, 2012. Foam is beige and there’s not much of it. Dark brown, a bit hazy beer. Aroma is a bit sweet with spices all over the place. Tastes bitter, piney, not xmasey as I expected, some very dark chocolate. Mouthfeel smooth, aftertaste pretty long bitter (a bit unpleasant). Overall, lots of flavor and an OK beer.

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