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RATINGS: 2048   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 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 2008 bottle. Pours a very dark amber, somewhat porter-like. Aroma is cloves, spruce, a little cinnamon - Christmas spices, who wouldíve guessed? The flavor of spice and some citrus is much lighter than I expected from the aroma. Nothing really sticks out that much - itís balanced, but not terribly exciting. Smooth palate with a clean dry finish. Not bad. <br\> <br\> Updated: July 15 2009.
2008 vintage bottle. So what if itís the complete wrong time of year? A nice dark ruby color with a full tan head. Smells like potpourri - cinnamon, cloves, gingerbread, maybe a little chocolate in there as well, and something else I canít quite place. Flavor is subdued maltiness complemented by lots of spice, largely the same as the aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, potpourri in general. Finishes dry to a pleasant spicy citrusy bitterness. Smooth, balanced, tasty. The spices take some getting used to, though - this isnít your everyday beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dutch23mp (313) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
12 oz bottle pours a very dark red with a small creamy head. Lots of flavor balanced and not overwhelming which I find pleasant. A nice fruitful flavor with a slight hint of roasted malt, some spices but not enough to disrupt the beer taste. A hint of bitterness from the hops comes through. Quite pleasant on the palate, a very nice winter brew

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2009
2009 vintage: pours dark mahogany with a fluffy brown head. aroma of nutmeg, plum, prune, pine, anise, and molasses. flavor is spicy, lots of dark fruits, slight warmth. heavy nutmeg, raisin, and prune. maltiness and bitterness come through as it sits. aftertaste is dry, long, and bitter.

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 (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2011 bottle: Nice aroma of crystal malt, licorice notes and something else I canít 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 (307) - 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.

3.7
   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. Iím not a big fan of this one. To be fair, it is a winter seasonal from 2005 that Iím first drinking in August of 06. It may have gone bad?


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