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RATINGS: 1829   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 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.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iceman15658 (128) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle of 2011. a bit of a surprise in how much herb and vegetables that are apparent in the taste and aroma. Not one of my favorites but i’ve had worse

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTown (127) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Draught. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is plum and raisins. Brown sugar, vanilla and coffee flavors mixed with some chocloate. Not as good as year’s past. Middle of the road Christmas offering. Aging would probably enhance the rating.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2008
The pour is deep brown with 2 & 1/2 finger tan head, leaving nice lacing. The nose is complex with scents of cinnamon, licorice mint and pine. The flavor is also very complex with pine, vanilla, anise and possibly ginger, with other wood resins . Quite a unique brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AMN (127) - Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2008
I was really happy with this beer. I bought some not knowing what exactly to expect, so I was glad to get a dark, strong, spice beer instead of a typical "winter" brew. It takes what makes Anchor’s other beers great (the thick, dark elements of the porter, the bitterness of the steam) and makes for a pleasing combination.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
loulan (126) - SPAIN - APR 30, 2011
Excelente cerveza de Navidad. Marcadas notas a pino, resina. Reminiscencias florales y de regaliz. Una grata sorpresa, tuve el placer de probarla por primera vez de manos de David (Les 4 Pedres) en 2009.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Pours deep brown with a thin than head. Spicy, peaty, earthy aroma. Some notes of coffee, clove, and, well, other things I can’t place. Taste is light coffee with a roasty finish. Mouthfeel is average, almost watery. As it warms, aroma gives off hints of spearmint (??), and flavor changes from coffee to spice. Interesting twist. A decent holiday brew. From Spec’s in Conroe.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Spice hits right away, like spiced apple cider, strong almost like one of those scented candles (which I hate). Very dark, clear ale with good looking amber highlightsand a rocky beige head with good retention. Christmas spices completely dominate the smell, obscuring any malt or hop aroma. Taste is, thankfully, more mellow than the smell, although spices are still very prominent, there’s a decent malt backbone and a pleasant bitterness. I think that cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger are the main spices, but I’m not claiming any expertise in this area. Some caramel apple flavor, smooth feel even though the carbonation is a bit much for my taste. I would probably enjoy this one more with age on it, right now it’s almost one dimensional and not too enjoyable to me. Some citrus emerges on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weezfour (124) - Oradell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Damn good. A little too dark and syrupy to just sit and drink, but would be great with a nice meal.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2005
Draft Color - Red/Dark Brown Head - Long Beige Aroma - Fruit, Sweet, Pumpkin, Flowers Flavor - Light, Littel bitterness, sweet ? - Good Beer

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Louipa (121) - USA - DEC 1, 2006
I agree with "dyetube" quote.... "Right off the bat there is strongs notes of cinnamon and nutmeg in this thing! What a smell! It drinks very smoothly and easily with some complexity in the flavor. I like this beer! it is great for a winter brew but wouldn’t want to drink this during the warm months." My thoughts exactly. Its a good seasonal brew.


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