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RATINGS: 2042   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2007
‘06-on tap @Gaslight NJ-pours a bubbly tan head and dark mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-sweet/caramel and chocolate, secondary spices. Taste is roasty, dark malt-sweet/caramel and chocolate, secondary spices, faint hops. OK carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11881) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Dark mahogany colour with big beige creamy head. Aroma has LOTS of cinnamon with roasted malts and cloves. Quite complex taste. Plums, fruits, raisins, blue-berries and roasted malts dominate. It ends dry with cinnamon and slight flowery bitterness. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11810) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2009
2006 version, best before oct 2008, sampled 2009-10-18 dark dark brown, smooth light brown head, some lacing. very spicy aroma, also somewhat soapy. smells like a bakery. flavor is very spicy but still soft and mild. spicy cristmas cake flavor, cinnamon. licorice, caramel. Quite special but not my kind of beer, i’m not much of a cake guy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 27, 2009
2008, bottle. Pours clear dark brown with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, nutty), average hops (flowers, herbs, spruce), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of plum, licorice, and nutmeg. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (11563) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2010
2010 edition on tap at the Euston Tap. Colour; dark ruby with bubbly beige head. Nose; GINGER, sweetness, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste; bitter, dominant ginger, warming sweetness, nutmeg, pumpkin and currants. Too thin and weak for a christmas beer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (11500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2006
very dark brown colour and a big creamy beige head; a ton of spices (as usual for those Anchor Christmas beers): cloves and ginger dominate; notes gingerbread; oily and medium-bodied; high carbonation, dryish spicy finish where some chocolaty notes appear - rich and tasty but not quite the way I like it

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 2007 bottle from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Pours reddish-black with a very large head and mad amounts of lacing. Strong cinnamon/coffee aroma. Taste of coffee, raisin and spice (anise?) behind a very thin mouthfeel. Taste is good, but the rest is lacking. 6/4/7/2/11..... 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville, 2008 release. Pours a dark brown color wirh a medium head. Highly splced, slightly tart aroma. Taste is also highly spiced with hop notes, eggnog. Medium bodied. 6/4/6/3/11

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2005
Bottled: Red brown head. Quite unclear. Light brown dense head. Sweet liqourice aroma. More subtle than the 04. Flavour of fruits and spices and light chocolate and liqourice. Is quite smooth and subtle, but lacs a little bit compared to the 04. Would like a little more power in the flavours and aromas. Nice one though. Had it both on bottle and tap. Tap is better than the bottle, but I havn’t taken notes of my experience.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DSG (11144) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2012
UPDATED: APR 23, 2013 Re-rate 4/13: Bottle sample at a tasting Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom. 2012 bottle. Winter spices and some licorice. Sweet and malty. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6

Bottle sample at beerandbeyond farewell tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks beerandbeyond. 2011 bottle. Brown-colored. Aroma of malt and lots of winter spices. Sweetish malty flavor with spices, a bit of molasses and a dry finish. Medium-bodied. 4/3/4/3/8=2.2

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
On tap. Poured a darker reddish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, light spices and pine. Tastes pretty much the same with roasted malts.


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