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RATINGS: 2050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (452) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Deep reddish brown pour out of the giant bottle, with a sudsy, tan head. Aromas of malt and spices. Flavor is a bit of the same, with some funk mixed in, but nothing too off putting. Damn, this is a big ass bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roger60 (193) - - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkska101 (1757) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
12 onz Bottle thx Heather and frank A: red fruits, dark caramel, licorice, brown sugar, minty/cinnamon app: dark brown beige head and excellent lacing t/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish. O: OK. Interesting aroma lacking some body/mouthfeel. I guess I prefer bigger Xmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (2794) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
355ml bottle at home. Somewhat reddish pale dark brown with a medium off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite bitter with some sweet tones. Malts, clove, caramel, brown sugar, some chocolate and red fruits. A decent winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RhetoricalAns (851) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2016
355 mL bottle. Dark brown pour bordering on black. couple fingers of light tan head, large uniform bubbles, reduces to to a thin ring / cap.Interesting aroma, spice, licorice and blueberries. Taste is more caramel and spice with a fairly strong roast bitter finish. Medium to fine carbonation with a thin body. The strong roast finish says sip but palate says gulp, otherwise pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 19, 2005
very dark almost black pour with a nice grey head. cinnamon cookie aroma with some maple syrup nutmeg is a major player here. first thing i noticed was not the flavor, but how thin this was. that surprises me. some bitter sweet cocoa floats around with some almond notes. nutmeg, and sugar cookie fill in the rest. i’m glad the seaonals are here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13314) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Pours very dark with a nice brown head. The aroma is of spices and nuts with a hint of gingerbread I would say. The flavor is more of a nutty, gingerbread kind - this makes the beer somewhat sticky. Not my favorite Holiday ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4455) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Bottle, at home. Brown with light brown head, mostly diminishing, no lacings. Aroma moderate malty, hoppy and spicy (burnt, licorice, clove, cinnamon). Flavor moderate sweet, moderate to heavy bitter/spicy/dry. Light to medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Definitely a Christmas ale, but not in balance! -- Draught at Delirium Cafe, vintage 2007. Redbrown with ok lacings. Aroma moderate/heavy malty (caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, licorice). Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle poured a clear dark mahogany with a large, lasting brown head. Aromas of carmel, coffee, vanilla and spices. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and spices with a hint of smoke and a smooth finish.

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