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RATINGS: 1962   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deflagro (106) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours a dark reddish liquid with a large head that disappears quickly. Aroma is fruity and a bit roasted with some sweetness and a hint of shiitake mushrooms. Taste is spicy, a bit acidic and fruity with some weird mushroom note. Not really my cup of tea this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESPh (106) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2013 edition. Nice dark color with a decent head. Fairly sweet with hints of nutmeg and coffee. Little bitterness. Not too thick, body is right for the flavor. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 30, 2010
2009 version from bottle. Pours dark broown almost porter like with a small tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Very spicy aroma dominated by cloves and some cinnamon. Medium bitterness and almost sticky on the palate leaving a long warm spicy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrohn92 (105) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
I tried the Anchor Christmas ale and loved all of the unique spices in it. However the malt was a bit too roasted for my taste but it was overall a very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Pours a very dark brown almost black. The head is tan with some red hints in it. Aroma has lots of spices in it. There is some ginger and toffee. There are other aromas as well but I don’t know what they are. Flavor is well balanced between sweet and spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I definitly can see myself drinking a lot more of this over the holidays!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 2006 edition. Great seasonal from Anchor. Have been trying to get some of their Christmas brews for years and finally succeeded! I wasn’t disappointed either. Loverly flavors of molasses, nutmeg, some vanilla, cinnamon all floating on a base of malt sweetness with a touch of hops. Not as warming as I would have liked but that’s a minuscule complaint. This is a very good beer! Best seasonal I’ve had this year!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boisebeerguy (104) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Good spice aroma and taste to this beer. Not to heavy for how dark it is. I’m always happy to see this on the shelf.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2008. Pours dark auburn. Spicy aroma. Lots of nutmeg and molasses. Very drinkable and smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2008
2007 - consumed 3/28/08. Dark garnet brown with a dark khaki head. Molasses, nutmeg and ginger spice scent. Full bodied and mid carbonation. Ginger snap cookie spice flavor and roasted malt tones. A little heavy and think in the finish. A little overpoweringly spiced. Cellar time should help that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Poured from the bottle dark brown with a hint of red highlights. Nice big head with good lacing. I picked up tastes and aromas of coffee, cherry, raisin, prune, licorice. Sweet, spicy taste characteristics. A little more smooth and subtle to the Summit Winter Ale that I compared it to.

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