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RATINGS: 1906   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.

aspidites' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Much more malt forward nose than in the past. Toffee and roasted pine nuts with mild spiced candy on the palate. The nutmeg seems to be much lee prominent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
niquillis (1220) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle from Beer Dock, Crewe. Pours dark ruby with a feint off white head. Plenty of spice, well carbonated. Easy drinking. This is what a Christmas beer should taste like. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham_murphy (334) - - DEC 29, 2014
2014 holiday version. Plenty of spice worked well into the maltly (caramel and biscuit) ale. It’s easy to get this wrong - particularly when not done in a barley wine. But they don’t. Well balanced against the sweet malt I get cinnamon and nutmeg. Evokes those holiday images a la Proust.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sine90 (12) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
2014 edition caramel, coffee, licorice, brown, brown foam, light sweetness, slick feel,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2075) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 28, 2014
On tap 5 oz. taster at Lures in Crownesville, MD. Clear, but very dark mahogany with a small khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of spices, caramel, bread, plums and raisins. Taste of dark fruit, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper and caramel. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BiffNilsson (259) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Mörkbrun vätska med liten brun krona. Återhållsam doft med lätta kaffeinslag. Lätt kropp och liten smak. Syrlig och Tämligen smaklös. Lättdrucken och Smakar inte illa på något vis men tråkig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (309) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a large tan head that laces. Spicy aroma with caramel and roasted malt. Sweet and spicy flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, caramel and roasted malt with a dry finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
essjay (17) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased as a chilled single from Wholefoods, Fremont CA. Very dark ale. Little carbonation nor head. Spice upfront, and rich caramel malts. I get this beer, not my favorite but respect the brewer’s efforts. Would like to try on draught.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerseyjohn71 (212) - corsicana, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2014
ginger bite, floral, resin, spruce, herbs, earthy, caramel, bread, hay, cough drop, ginger, cedar, red, hazy, frothy, white foam, lightly bitter, lightly ginger, light body, medium bite, soft carbonation, creamy,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roger60 (20) - - DEC 26, 2014
Flaska SB Mönsterås. Sequioa fantastiska träd har en liten i trädgården. Luktar som efter ett regn i Kings canyon and Sequoia nat park. Blir inte lätt att vara objektiv här...Riktig riktigt julöl. Inte karamellmalt mm Funkar ej med choklad och osten får vila sig. Vinner på att inte vara under 10 c. +3 p för etiketten. Finns inga skogar att jämföra med....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OzarkElmo (301) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours reddish-brown with moderate beige head. Tastes of malt & spices - ginger, cinnamon and others. Malty but thin and easy to drink. Not smokey, that’s a plus. Good for the style, but not my style.

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