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RATINGS: 1829   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kronebryg (1054) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2011
Some head, dark brown. sweet nose with raisins, dust, prunes, and a little orange. Medoium bodýand length, leitghtweight. Caramel and also some dust. heavy but simple

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5334) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle vintages 2000-2006 shared at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting courtesy of Andy. The 2000 and 2001 were by far the best - very interesting how this beer has aged especially considering the low alcohol to begin with. Aroma of the older years is full of prune, fig, raisins, and molasses. Mouthfeel for the 2005 and 2006 is a bit too watery with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and some spruce and some spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2012
The 2011 has a nice soapy, herbal nose with prune and raisins. The taste starts malty up front with cocoa, spices and dark fruits hit the tongue strong. Semi-sweet cola rounds out the back end. Hints of spices & prune make for a rather dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kerenmk (2377) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle sample at beerandbeyon’s farewell tasting at Dagan’s. Thanks beerandbeyond. 2011 edition. Pours murky brown with a yellow beige head. Sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and clove in the nose, sweet, dry and not that great taste. Watery-to-medium body, hardly any carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1216) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brown with a half inch of off-white head. Spices! Cinnamon, cider, eggnog and malt. Quite the interesting combo, but it smells like Christmas. Hmm, fairly straight forward taste, some malt balanced with hops to avoid any dominate sweet or bitter taste. Though, there is an astringent taste at the end that is kind of off-putting. Light and crisp body; medium towards heavy carbonation. The taste was a let-down. The smell was all spicy, but the flavor was not matching. Drinkable, but I am going to find another beer to be my "Winter Warmer."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daje (2450) - NORWAY - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown body, medium sized beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, malt, cloves. Taste of prunes, malt, coffee. Dry finish, good body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BitchPls (552) - FINLAND - NOV 24, 2012
No onko tää nyt vittu merry christmas & happy new year 2012? Well whatever. Coffee black beer with a brief mocha head.Flavors of black currant, mild coffee and lingonberry. Perhaps some cinnamon. Quite a light body. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (1987) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours dark brown, almost black with an off white head. Aroma of pine, caramel, dates and prunes. Taste is bitter, pine, mint and dark fruit. Not bad but I prefer this beer aged

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On draft at the local steak house. This seems to be a ripe version of a chocolaty dunkel. Ripe stone fruit intermingles with all the dark malt and very light hops.Dark molasses brown with nary a head. Sweeter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Unde (360) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Winter ale with spicy flavor, with first taste there is some herbs an bittersweet flavors. Appearance is dark brown and reddish qualitys. Palate is bitter, herbs pushing to front row and aftertaste brings some sweet and refreshing feel. Not the best winter ale, but worth the shot.

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