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RATINGS: 2042   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 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.

   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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
soyorganic (305) - 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.

   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 iím 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

   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 Iíd like again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
molly75 (301) - (Madrid - EspaŮa), ITALY - JUL 29, 2011
SCHIUMA: color beige, compatta, buona presenza e media persistenza COLORE: marrone scuro con riflessi porpora. INTENSITAí / FINEZZA / AROMA intensa, con evidenti contributi dati dalla speziatura la quale ricorda lo zenzero, a cui si aggiunge un fruttato (prugna o fichi secchi?), malti tostati. GUSTO / RETROGUSTO / PERSISTENZA entra abbastanza contundente in bocca, con una speziatua in primo piano caratterizzata da sentori di zenzero o anice, che ricordano i tipici biscotti natalizi. A ciÚ si affianca una certa astringenza acidula e fruttata, che si mescola con un amaro tostato che prima di dominare il finale ed il retrogusto in modo abbastanza netto, lascia spazio ad un altalenante ritorno della speziatura. CORPO / CARBONATAZIONE / CONSISTENZA corpo medio, buona carbonatazione, riempe bene la bocca sensa essere troppo spessa. @@una birra natalizia ben fatta, con i classici toni speziati e un docliastro che perÚ non stanca troppo grazie al finale amaro ed una tostatura ben presente. Una birra da dolce, o da bere sola. Ha giocato a suo sfavore averla bevuta in un luglio afoso e , per essere sinceri, una personale avversione allo zenzero o a quella parvenza di zenzero che la mia bocca ha riconosciuto. comunque sempre una Anchor di buon livello. ( versione anno 2010, 36™ della serie " our special ale" )

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Dark, very dark almost black like ruby red color on the pour. The aroma is giving me spices, nutmeg, juniper berry, and coriander. I taste all sorts of things, cherry, plums, juniper berry, orange peel, nutmeg. This beer definitely reminds me of Christmas. Lighter bodied beer. Nice lacing but not that much head to speak of at all. Still nice though definitely recommend this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fakebeersnob (297) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Smells a bit like this spiced wine I once drank (mixed with a weak porter). Pours a dark brown that is almost black. Taste burt malt at the back. Upfront is a bit of coffee, a bit of cocoa, and some slight berry sourness. Also holiday spice. It is not that balanced of a beer. A bit of a mess. The ending reminds me of a cold bitter coffee. Thin, watery body. Not much of a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2007
12 oz bottle compliments of beerlord. Havenít had one of their special ales before, I was surprised at how dark it poured, almost looking like a porter. The aroma and flavor dispelled that quick enough, and the one flavor that came through quickest, which I had a hard time identifying at first, was carmel. I know there are a mixture of other flavors in here too, and from the looks of other reviews here they are harder to identify. Over all though a very tasty, unique blended brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 26, 2007
2006 vintage. Pours a chocolately brown with a thick caramel colored head. The flavor is of bitter coffee and mocha. Perhaps nutmeg as well? Not an overly enticing beer which is why it took 6 months to finish the six pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2008 Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a rather large, frothy, off-white head. Aromas of nutmeg, spices, hops, and spruce. Texture is slick and oily, but very thin. Has a nice aftertaste with Christmas spices, but rather thin in the mouth. Not bad but not great.

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