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RATINGS: 1945   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 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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iskirwan1 (66) - monument, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2006
bottle 2006.pours a brownish/black with creamy and tan head wich starts out large than shrinks but still lingers.aroma is of spices (nutmeg,cinnamon,all spice) and moloasse wich togather resmplaces gingerbread cookies.taste is like liquid gingerbread cookies.mouth feel is creamy warm and inviting.finsh is somewhat spicey and well rounded.overall this is probley the best seanol of this year

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bottle. 2010. Lots of roasty/burnt malts on the nose and lots of holiday spice, coriander, some dark fruit. This is the biggest holiday brew I have tasted all season. Nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yingwait (65) - Taipei, TAIWAN - JAN 20, 2014
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcfishler (65) - USA - DEC 17, 2006
Deep mahogany-brown with a good-sized, fairly sticky tan head. Aromas are roasted but at the same time high-toned, with anise, vanilla, and even a hint of soap. Moderately heavy carbonation and a medium body, with a suggestion of acidity from front to back. Flavor profile is less roasted than the nose, with more fruitiness, spice and some yeastiness too. Ends tangy and ever so slightly astringent. Doesn’t suit my tastes nearly as perfectly as Anchor Steam or Liberty, but still a very characterful brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClutchMasterson (64) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pours a dark deep brown with a brown-white 1 finger head that lingers. Aroma is a sweet dark fruit/cherry with notes of vanilla and spice. Taste is of spice and bread with a light bitterness that finishes smooth and doesn’t last long. Mouthfeel is slick and refreshing. This is definitely a great beer to relax to on a winter day and all the flavors and aromas combine to hit the mark

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndrewMichaelZ (63) - - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle into small tulip. Pours a deep managing with a thick (almost creamy) mocha-colored head. Sweet malty notes on the nose with hints of raisin. Drinks with strong carbonation and a bit of roasty malts but overall uneventful. It does have that wintery vibe too it (especially on the finish) bit I'm not sure I'd reach for this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2007 - Pours a very dark clear red with small tan head. Aroma is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, pine and sugar cookies. Flavor is brightly spicy, lightly sweet and finishes mildly bitter. Overall, pretty good and unique but not something I’d drink regularly. Perfect for the holidays.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
The clove, nutmeg, smoked paprika, oranze zest, coriander spice of this brew makes it a certain favorite each December. It’s just a little on the bitter side, which is offset nicely by the smooth mouthfeel. This brew ages well--the spice notes get more complex in just few months.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from Bestway. 2010 vintage. Pour: Brown/reddish pour. Thin collar of foam. Aroma: Dark fruit spice nose. Taste: A holiday beer. Spice coupled with prunes/raisins. Cinnamon/nutmeg and vanilla tones cascade through this brew. Juniper in the mix perhaps. Reminded me of a light, beery Swedish Glogg that I’ve had on occasion. Overall: Imbibed for experience. A holiday thang only.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SFtaster (58) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bought the 50oz magnum at Safeway ($15) to serve at a holiday/seasonal beer tasting that I organized. I have to admit, I expected a ’bigger’ flavor from the legendary Anchor Brewing Co. I’m not sure how this compares with their other Christmas offerings, but I found this year’s edition to be unremarkable. Maybe that’s their intention since its meant to be served in a group setting where tastes and preferences vary widely. This ale will not offend anyone, but will not inspire either.


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