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RATINGS: 2046   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tabednar (139) - - NOV 19, 2011
11.19.2011 - Houston, TX Bottle Very complex and actually light bodied despite it’s appearance. Spicy and rich that is a perfect Christmas beer.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheKernOwl (139) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2016
2014 version. Classy; pretty impressive amount of spices atop a caramel malt nose: allspice, pine, gingerbread, star anise, juniper? Who knows. A “flat coke” signoff. Little thinner than, but reminds me of, Kerkom’s "Winterkoninkske" beer – a good thing. Sweetness is balanced out with a slight bitterness (that sort of light end typical of, say, Porterhouse Brewery). I know this is going to sound very “Waitrose” (up-market UK supermarket), but it does remind of the year Heston Blumenthal did mince pies with pine sugar; maybe it’s the Christmas thing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
First thing I noticed was how much darker this beer was than most Spice/Herb/Vegatable’s. (2005 Vintage) Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma is plesant with notes of malts, fruit, raisen, black liqourish and ginger root. Flavor is Extremely complex with a perfect balance, notes of malts plum, spices, nutmeg, clove, mollasses, and chocolate. I could never get enough of this beer. Without a doubt my favorite Spice/Herb/Vegatable so far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2006
This one was better than I expected, but partially because it was had with dessert, so the fruitiness (cherry, by my account) settled in nicely. Not overly complex or heavy. Overall, an enjoyable experience.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iceman15658 (135) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Pours like a porter, with a nice tan head. Aromas of roast, spice and hops blend perfectly. The flavor is full and rich, the spices are not overwhelming and finishes surprisingly dry and bitter. If I remember, it seems similar to last years- good. I like dry and bitter, and this has some sweetness to balance it out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 2010 bottle, pours an incredibly dark amber with a light brown head. Aroma is bready, with a good amount of roasted malt and caramel sweetness. Flavor is bready and bitter, with some mild roasted malt flavors as well. As it warms, the flavors become more complex, and the caramel and roasted malt flavors really begin to shine. The first time I had it I drank it too fast and much of the complexity was masked as a result. This is an outstanding beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours a dark amber/ brown. Aroma....ginger,ginger,ginger! A sweetness fallows with nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is very similar to the nose which hits with tons of ginger up front following with other winter spices such as the cinnamon. Mouthfeel is light and over carbonated. Let the carbonation mellow out with some swirling and this is a nice sessionable winter/Christmas beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - NOV 28, 2007
Nice rich porter like color with notes of chocolate and spice. Great dark tan head with excellent lacing. Nice allspice finish that lingers just a bit before I’m ready for another sip. A very enjoyable winter beer that I will continue to enjoy after a day on the slopes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Pours to a frothy, off-white, thick head. The aroma was complex and actually had a hint of eucalyptus spice. Flavor was complex and spicy. The finish was yeasty. Had a very good experience. Will definitely buy again.


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