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RATINGS: 1823   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 Aleís 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.

Editorís 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 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
avantdagare (133) - MalmŲ, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2012 2011 edition. 2 finger beige-brown head that reduces to 4 mm, red-brown body. Nose: Licorice-root, licorice, cardemum, anis, plums and ginger. Aroma: cardemum, cinnamon, anis, licorice-root, licorice, plums, ginger, chocolate, star-anis and figs

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours a dark amber/ brown. Aroma....ginger,ginger,ginger! A sweetness fallows with nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is very similar to the nose which hits with tons of ginger up front following with other winter spices such as the cinnamon. Mouthfeel is light and over carbonated. Let the carbonation mellow out with some swirling and this is a nice sessionable winter/Christmas 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 Iím 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Pours to a frothy, off-white, thick head. The aroma was complex and actually had a hint of eucalyptus spice. Flavor was complex and spicy. The finish was yeasty. Had a very good experience. Will definitely buy again.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12 oz. bottle (2008), poured into a Guinness pint glass. The best Christmas ale out there, in my view. Ar: Pine, nutmeg, Cinnamon, bread, faint molasses, ginger, lots of pine and spruce. Ap: Pours a large, frothy roan head that diminished into some nice lacing fairly quickly. Clear caramel-ruby color. Fl: Citrus, tons of spice, ginger, dry roasted malts and some chocolate, anise and cloves even. Pa: Swills around nicely in the mouth and not as thin as some found it, but I didnít want anything dense. Nice dry balance @ the end. Aroma was the strongest suit- great holiday beer. Had a year old 2007 bottle as well- flavors become more distinct, but less complex. One of my faves.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Amazingly tasty and the best Christmas Ale I have had so far. Make sure to stock up and enjoy, as itís only available for a very limited time per year. Great mixture of malts and spices.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Thanks to bamadog, your beers are in the mail! A: Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black color. The eggshell color head is small and retains decently S: Carrot cake, bread, lots of berries, figs, raisins, and some nice spices (cinnamon, cardamom, allspice) to give a festive nose. T: Pretty mellow flavor, spicy but not overdone (cardamom, cinnamon, allspice), black licorice, molasses raisins, toffee, caramel. Hops are not really apparent, but everything comes together pretty nicely. MF/D: Light in body, carbonation is good but a little prickly, alcohol is hidden, and the finish is of bread and molasses. Notes: I prefer the í08 to this, so Iím going to cellar a few of these for a year or two. Nonetheless, a nice beer that doesnít wear on your palate

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajolly2 (129) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
2006. Head: thick; dark tan in color. Body: very dark with some ruby tint to it; opaque. Fruity aroma. At first taste, a little thinner on the tongue than the beerís attractive appearance leads on. Taste is somewhat spicy, not smoky at all, some fruitiness but not sweet. Some bitterness emerges as it cools to room temperature. Iím no expert on Christmas brews, and this one was a little lighter than I wanted, but I highly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any ale drinkers.


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