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RATINGS: 1810   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Christmas 2006: dark red color, wood, alcohol, pine, with a hint of hops and faintly of plum brandy. On of the better xmas brews.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2009
2008 vintage, courtesy of mgermani. Been meaning to try and rate this for years and am finally getting to ’er. Poured dark brown with a hint of orange, medium tan head with little retention. Brown sugar, savoury herbs, citrus rind, and raisins on the nose; flavour is slightly vinous with tree fruit and herbal notes, roasted malt and bittering hops on the finish. Oddly light mouthfeel, quite heavily carbonated, but pleasant overall and worth having again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klaing (116) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours dark clear brown with good head. Head retains. Cakey malt aromas. Clean chocolate taste, a little banana and cinnamon. Aftertaste lingers with mostly the hops on the back of the tongue. Reminds me a lot of Theakston's Old Peculiar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (116) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle at xmas tasting, 2013 version. Deep brown, spices on nose, liquorice and aniseed, sweet toffee malt, spices.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hetyu (115) - HUNGARY - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle (2012) - Darkest brown with small town ring of head. Christmas spice aroma, lots of clove, slightly perfumed and floral. Taste is rich malty, cocoa, clove, toffee mad molasses. Medium bodied with a clean finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 2006 Pours near opaque dark red. Huge coffee-colored head. Aroma is spicy cinnamon. Flavor is malty with a lot of cinnamon, peppermint, a spice kick and a lasting bitterness. Really nice and would go well by a fire.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Always a nice anchor beer for its time of year..spice,malt.. some smoke in the beer..

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Very spicy armoa and taste, ruby black color. Cloves cloves everywhere. Nicer than I would have thought after hearing how spicy this was.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Had this beer out of a bottle. It is a full flavor, but frankly not my favorite. it has a smoky taste to it and that just doesn’t work for me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle, thanks ekstedt. Dark reddish black with a tan head. Burnt sugar, cloves, nutmeg and soap. Sweetish with some bitterness. Medium bodied, light carbonation.


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