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RATINGS: 1826   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.

   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.

   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.

   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 didn’t 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.

   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 ’08 to this, so I’m going to cellar a few of these for a year or two. Nonetheless, a nice beer that doesn’t wear on your palate

   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 it’s only available for a very limited time per year. Great mixture of malts and spices.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Wischylini (130) - Grimstad, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a clear black cherry, with no head at all. Aromas are spices, pepper, resin and burnt wood, the spices are overpowering the malt and hop aromas. The taste is somewhat sweet, but the intense bitterness obscures the sweetness. The mouthfeel is very light and fizzy. The more I drink this, the more I dislike it. The spices are overpowering the beer itself and makes for an unpleasant experience. Everyone else seem rave on about how great it is, so I might just have ended up with a bad one, which eventually became a $7 drain pour.

   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 beer’s 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. I’m 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iceman15658 (128) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle of 2011. a bit of a surprise in how much herb and vegetables that are apparent in the taste and aroma. Not one of my favorites but i’ve had worse

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTown (127) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Draught. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is plum and raisins. Brown sugar, vanilla and coffee flavors mixed with some chocloate. Not as good as year’s past. Middle of the road Christmas offering. Aging would probably enhance the rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2008
The pour is deep brown with 2 & 1/2 finger tan head, leaving nice lacing. The nose is complex with scents of cinnamon, licorice mint and pine. The flavor is also very complex with pine, vanilla, anise and possibly ginger, with other wood resins . Quite a unique brew.

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