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RATINGS: 1975   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
2007 bottle, consumed on 12/21/07. Aromas of nutmeg and spice and cola. Flavor is nicely malty with spices appearing on midtongue. Finish has a light touch of bitterness with a lingering nutmeg/clove character that’s not entirely welcome by the end of the bottle. Mostly well done. One bottle is enough, though; not a good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oelbas (246) - DENMARK - DEC 9, 2014
Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2013. Meget mørk brun med et holdbart lysebrunt skum. Portvinsagtig duft med tørret frugt og en helt uventet tynd og tør smag. Let syrlig med en antydning af lakrids og en let bitter eftersmag. Ikke nogen stor øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Pours dark with nice tan head. A little thin, but not watery. Aroma is spicy, smoke and coffee. Flavor is not too sweet, but spicy (herbs, juniper?) with a roasted orange peer taste. Maybe a little gingerbread taste. Good dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melker (244) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2012
Dark brown beer, off-white head. Some spices in the aroma, can’t put my finger on it. Taste is overpowered by mint... kinda weird. Interesting . Light body and pretty good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Cola colored with ruby edges, pillowy beige head. Aroma dominated by holiday spices. Man I really dont llike these spiced up beers, but aside from the spices which I dont like, the beer is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alomtnez (243) - SPAIN - FEB 16, 2015
Brownish frothy medium head, diminishing. Aroma is prune, ripe fruit and toasted malt. Redish dark brown. Clear medium body. Taste is roasted malt, spicy (cinnamon, ginger), citric, prune. Oily texture, medium carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly acid with dry bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Bottle 2008 vintage. Pours black like a porter. The aroma is spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. The flavor is very malty with some spicy hints. I could detect what I thought to be caraway, perhaps some clove too. Cinnamon might also be present. This beer is very earthy and if there was anything like orange or lemon peel, or coriander, I could not detect it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Rich, earthy, spicey, with some dark fruit in the flavor. Very little of that comes through in the aroma, however. Suffers from the watery palate that many other seasonals succumb to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pours dark brown with thin beige head. Served too cold, but after I let it warm up a bit, a strong aroma of nutmeg, almost like eggnog. Taste was more nutmeg and gingerbread, Christmasey indeed. Some people at my table thought the spices were way overdone to the point of oddity but I found it satisfyingly assertive. This improved with every sip so by the end of the glass, I quite liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
2006 bottle that I picked up in January. Pours dark brown with a nice light brown head. Smells of deep dark malty goodness. Tastes malty as well with a hint of nutmeg or some such spices. Definitely has some roasted chocolate attributes. A bit light on the body. Very nice for a cold day in November!

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