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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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle. Poured out a deep, opaque brown almost black, with a very small dark tan head. The aroma is quite spicy and roasty. The flavor was heavy roasted malt, woody cinnamon stick, nutmeg, rich earth, faint hops. Nice and full on the palate. Definitely a fixture in my house for Christmases to come.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cryfreedmb (113) - Ocean, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep red pour with a 1 inch think light brown head. Pour looks great. Aroma is of malt and multiple spices. Flavor is of malt, toffee and then an array of spicies. Slightly bitter at the end. Nice brew. A beer that is great around the Holidayís. Not something to drink alot of or at any other time of the year.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
What a great holiday brew! Great pour with lasting head and lacing throughout. Medium bodied, full of spices like drinking gingerbread. Just the right amount of hops to balance and complete an excellent brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnloose (111) - North Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Absolutely delicious. Other "Christmas" beers I have had canít compare. Aromas and flavors of everything one would expect from the season, alternating with each sniff or taste. Aggressive, yet soothing.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
webbcreative (111) - , Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2008. Dark Mahogany color. 2 finger light brown head. smells pretty good, Taste...meh...getting a lot of spices. but not much else, malt and hops seem to cancel each other out. This is a good beer, just not that memorable for me. thin mouthfeel and low to no carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Each time I drink this beer I like it even more. Pours dark brown with tan head that has pretty decent retention. Aroma is subtle and wonderful, of dry malts and holiday spices. Medium body, complex flavor, that somehow manages to be both warming and refreshing. Very interesting, yet still very drinkable. Iíll buy another six-pack the first chance I get. Absolutely delightful.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LKT1983 (110) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2012 bottle. What a difference in taste from anything else Iíve had lately. Hard to describe the taste from a sample, but I loved it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2009 - dark brown with large tan head. malty caramel licorice head - nice. flavor is roasted malt, coffee, slight tang from spearmint & nutmeg. nice flavor but the body is a little light for it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle into lager glass Aroma: dark fruit cinnamon bit of alcohol gingerbread Appearance: deep dark brown red. Very hazy. 1 finger head that faded quickly. Taste: medium sweet medium sour. Light bitter. Palate: medium body and thin mouthfeel. Slightly slick. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall: Very good Christmas beer. I like this. I would pick this up next year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sja14 (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2008
pours dark with a nice brown head. Very spicy and piney flavor with a dry finish.


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