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RATINGS: 2047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Huge tan head(unchilled), lovely nearly opaque colour with hints of chestnut. Smells quite spicy, rather moldy. Gentle palate, intense flavours of basement and holly wreaths. Thick mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
A - Pours a dark dark amber color with a nice thick light tan head. S - Aroma of spices like nutmeg T - Initial taste of spice but then nothing. I expected more depth from this one D - Don’t think this is one that you would drink much of, but just one is about right. Serving type: bottle, 2008 version

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
2007. Pours a pretty dark brown with a nice tan head. Spicy aroma and great spicy taste. Definitely a good holiday brew. 12 oz. bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
soyorganic (306) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2011 bottle: Nice aroma of crystal malt, licorice notes and something else I can’t put my finger on. Roasted malt, chocolate and licorice notes, almost some menthol or juniper notes. Nice flavor but thin watery feel that get in the way of what would be a great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefederalist (306) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Pours quite dark, nice tan head w/ lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and nuts. Flavor is salty, nutty and mild. Vague dacetyl in the mouthfeel. I was unimpressed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Poured a dark brown into glass with a finger tan head. The aroma is cinnamon up front with some breadiness i’m also picking up a floral hop aroma. The taste is figs, cinnamon with a hop bitter finish, it has a pretty creamy mouthfeel. Decent beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Winter 2007 Edition. Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, strong maltiness at the outset. Very spicy bouquet. Blood red with substantial, foamy, tan head. Initially spice overwhelms flavor: allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinammon. Malt takes on midpalate, with a touch of spicy hop on the finish. Spices subsist till the finish; however, the finish is rudely abrupt for such a boldly flavored ale, and it may have benefited from a more drawn out flavor. Still, quite a warming ale. I might take a case up to the mountains with me next month.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Purchased at Liquor Lodge in Menomonee Falls. Opaque with a big tan head. Smells spiced, like mulled cider. I can smelll anise too, along with some hops. The flavor is black liquorice candy (Good N Plenty) and ginger. I’m not a big fan of this one. To be fair, it is a winter seasonal from 2005 that I’m first drinking in August of 06. It may have gone bad?

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Dark mahogany with a minimal tan head. Aroma of cloves, cinnamon, and spices associated with Christmas. Tastes like Christmas. No thanks. It may not be bad, but not something I’d like again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kanaclane (302) - - JAN 1, 2016
Nez: Malt fumé, chocolat, cannelle Bouche: Chocolat, fumée, fruits noirs, cannelle, épicée Rien de transcendant mais elle est vraiment très agréable.


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