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RATINGS: 1951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
2006 bottle. Dark brown appearance, litte head. Aroma was sweet and spicy, flavor was pretty nice. You can taste the licorice, and was pretty malty. Overall Iíd say it was decent, a good beer to try out.

2.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slubgob (225) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 15, 2012
201. Nearly opaque mahogany with a fine white head clinging to the glass. Not getting a lot of aroma.in the mouth it?s a bit thin, which makes it an easy if not very intriguing drink.bit of overbrewed coffee bitterness and dust or cocoa in the back. Add it warms up a bit it rounds out some. Basically a winter brown ale, decently done bit not terribly different from others out there. Really not being any of the spices other reviewers ate picking up on.although as it gets warmer maybe a bit in back?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kindacold (224) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours reddish dark brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of spices and grain. Light mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Lots of spices and pepper in the front, hints of celery, raisins, and a slightly hoppy finish in the back of the mouth. Throughout, there is a hint of orange pith. Slightly sticky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a deep brown-black with a medium tan head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, fruit, and spice. The flavor is similar, with a nicely complex malt profile, and notes of caramel, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and some things that I canít put my finger on. Sweet, but not cloying. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
On tap. Dark amber pour with a little white head. Tastes of candy cane and some dark fruit and anise. Tasty but hard to drink more than one because of the sweetness.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
This blew me away. The aroma is nothing short of miraculous. I had to look twice to make sure this was a beer. My wife said it is heavy on the plum, but that may be teaberry as others have notted. The balance of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and the malt sweet overtones are nearly perfect. WOW!!!!!!!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Poured black with reddish edges and a full, lasting, tan head. This is a very complex beer, a light acrid roast flavor combined with a minty, spice flavor with the possible use of ginger. Hop bitterness is moderate and balancing, with some floral flavor an aroma. Very dry roasty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle to glass. 2011 version. Has notes of pine (spruce?), notes of roasty malts. Mild spiciness to the aroma as well. Dark red color with medium tan head. Slightly sweet with a very mild sourness on the back end. Its a pretty good winter ale. This is the first version of the beer that I tasted. I enjoyed it. Definitely not my favorite, but good nonetheless. Although my grandmother sampled this and loved it.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Midnight black with thick tan head. Consistent retention throughout. Holiday spices hit nose, some liquorice and notes of toffee. Medium body with tastes of roasted malt, coffee. Very milky. Could use some more flavors. Not too exciting, could be better, but overall okay.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Beautiful beer. Absolutely beautiful. Dark brown, almost ruby color with a nice fluffy head. Smells pretty sweet, a bit malty, but mostly sweet. Hmmm.. not quite as intense as I was hoping out of this one. From the look and smell, I was expecting a whopper of a taste and it just wasnít there. Sweet taste with some evident spices but didnít really taste any malt in there. I think I probably should have held on to this one for a while. Only bought one bottle and wanted to try it, probably should have waited.


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