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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Very nice and powerful malty aroma. Very nice, dark brown colour. Very small head. Malty flavour, a bit of a citric note. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice, but the citric notes give me a feeling of beer brewed on maize.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (14425) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2011
Clear dark red brown with a light brown head. Aroma is loads of ginger, which is just too much. Roasted malt and a little dried fruit can be picked up as well. Moderate sweet flavor and a soft and dry finish. Would have been much better if they had held back a little with the ginger. 050111

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
2009 release. A: This is a damn good looking beer. A deep, dark brown with a thick light brown head. S: All the smells of Christmas in a glass. Cinnamon, all-spice, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a nice, sweet maltiness. T: So much going on here. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, spices, and maybe a bit of nuts. M: A solidly medium body with mild carbonation. D: I’m not usually the biggest fan of winter warmers, but Anchor always does right with these beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (13665) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 6, 2011
Malzig-fruchtiger, etwas scharfer und sehr würziger Geruch, der mehr verspricht, als das, was das Bier dann tatsächlich auch zu bieten hat. Malzig-würziger, aber noch milder Antrunk, minimal bitter. Später malziger und süßer, besonders die starken Gewürznoten, die im Geruch prägend waren, fehlen mir hier. Zum Ende hin etwas grasig und röstmalzig. Fast schon entäuschend. Test vom 27.6.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 11,8,8,9,10,8 - 8,55

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2011 2011 version. Pours dark brown with a thick head. Smells soapy on the initial pour, with lots of herbals. As it warms, the aroma mixes pine with orange, cinnamon and some dark sugars. On the palate, it’s a bit thin, lacking any serious malt sugars. This in turn reduces the ability of the beer to carry the spices across the palate comfortably. The spices are muted, leaving only traces of cinnamon and clove on the palate. So spiced ale yes, winter warmer, no. It’s just too light.

2007 Magnum
Dark brown. Spicy, minty, cinnamony aroma doesn’t disappoint. Grk. Thin and flat body. Spices limp along without any particular malt to back them up. Liquorice flavour is strong but comes across far too bitter - again showing a lack of residual sugar. Thin, weak, poorly executed. Far below Anchor’s and this beer’s standards. Had to choke it back. 7 - 3 - 3 - 1 - 6 = 2.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13136) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle, 2011. Very dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, spices and a little roasted malts. Flavour is little roasted malts, spices, medium sweet, caramel, dark fruits, little chocolate and medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (12984) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 15, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted, caramel, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, cardamom, spices, roasted. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12760) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Hints of spice, tar and chocolate. Deep ruby color(under halogen). Malty, hoppy flavor with hints of creosote (tiny hints). Nice mouthfeel, not too thin. Aged well over the past few months, but perhaps this is where the tarry notes came from. Really it is quite tasty. Leaves the mouth with a dark, spicey, sort of astringent feeling. Can’t wait for 2006.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 (12-6-05, draft) Clear mahogany body with creamy tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, nutmeg, some juniper, chocolate, cherry. Taste is medium sweet, nutmeg, cherry, grape, juniper, some molasses, light chocolate. Smooth medium body, very drinkable. Much better than my first time trying it. (7/4/7/4/14)

(11-27-05, bottle) Crystal clear dark red-brown body with nice tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutmeg, molasses. Taste is medium sweet, molasses, nutmeg, light earthy, caramel. Watery medium body, light stickiness. (5/5/6/3/11)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of pine, orange, licorice, and nutmeg. Flavor of nutmeg, cocoa, roasted malt, and molasses.

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