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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
On tap... Aroma:Chocolate,fudge.... Appearance:Dark head... Flavor:Chocolate,fudge,spices......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (10727) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Another dissapeared rating: 2005 vintage. Body is a dark brown with an 1/8th inch light tan head. Aroma is heavy caramel, along with nutmeg, cinnamon, and light chocolate malt. Taste is caramel with the initial spice present, little nutty with hazelnut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Deep mahogany with huge head. Sweet and rich aroma, some hops. Taste is malty with notes of cocoa. My biggest problem is the palate, which borders to thin. Slightly disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2006
Draught at Ølbaren. Dark red brown colour with a beige head. Meat, malt, smoke, spicy aroma and taste. Medium body with a spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2006
2006 bottle. Cinnamon and cloves on the nose. Pours quite dark with a vey quickly dissipating ruby head. Flavour very nice with some astringency (not unpleasantly) and more cloves balanced with some sweet malt. Mouthfeel lets it down a bit as it is a little thin and watery, but all in all a pleasant sesaonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Furseth (2026) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle: Dark red colour, flat head. Aroma of Spicyness, hops,tar,and and malts. Werry complexy nose. Flavor is spicy, coffee, dark chocolate, medium body , medium finish. A Compex beer indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (8523) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a brown head. Aroma and flavour of chocolate, coffee, fruit, roasted malt and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
12 oz bottle. Faint aroma of chocolate. Brown pour, nice tan head. Taste is malty, with some spices going on. Tastes like a british ale. Decent, but unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcfishler (65) - USA - DEC 17, 2006
Deep mahogany-brown with a good-sized, fairly sticky tan head. Aromas are roasted but at the same time high-toned, with anise, vanilla, and even a hint of soap. Moderately heavy carbonation and a medium body, with a suggestion of acidity from front to back. Flavor profile is less roasted than the nose, with more fruitiness, spice and some yeastiness too. Ends tangy and ever so slightly astringent. Doesn’t suit my tastes nearly as perfectly as Anchor Steam or Liberty, but still a very characterful brew.

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