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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremyh70 (711) - Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2013
2013 Dark ruby copper with a small white head with little lacing. Aroma of gingerbread cookie and cinnamon. Taste is ginger, cinnamon and light fruit like pears. A mild roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Kind of bland. 2008 bottle on Dec 2013. Hazy brown with minimal tan head and lacing. Aroma of brown sugar and some oxidized notes. Brown sugar and toasted malt flavor with some cardboard oxidized notes. Some graininess. Crisp mouthfeel and medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Finishes with a little toastiness and grain.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowenbrau (1941) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 7, 2014
355 bottle. 2010 edition. Expired on Sept. 2012. Malty, cardamom aromas. Pours dark amber, hazy, with some tan head. Medium body, average to soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is malty, caramel, spicy, liquorice, som balsamic notes. Peculiar.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maakun (593) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
2013. Very dark brown with small beige head. Lots of spices, some pine, liquorice, coffee, cocoa beans, ginger. Taste is lightly sweet but mostly bitter. Medium bodied with slightly watery mouthfeel. Quite dry and bitter finish, like the mentioned cocoa beans.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VinegarStroke (280) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle: deep brown to black. Clear with very thick head. Huge lift of spice and florals. Some roasted flavors but they are dominated by the herbaceous additives. Dry, not sour and medium bitterness. Phenolic not bitter. Loads of flavor it’s just that not all of it’s nice.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yingwait (52) - - JAN 20, 2014
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (3804) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is roast, spices, liquorice, malt. Flavour is quite dry roast, lot’s of spices. Decent.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerd16 (194) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
Pours dark brown, with some purple embers. Small 1 finger head retreats almost immediately. Aroma is dominated by ginger, cinnamon & liquorice, some cherry and perhaps a little citrus in the background. Sweet and sour cherry leaks onto the palate, followed by some ginger, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Leaves a hue of roasted-malt-bitterness in its wake. Palate is medium and consistent but due to excessive carbonation is almost soda-esque. Its status as one of Anchor’s flagship beers warrants a more pronounced flavor profile and aroma.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (1106) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2014
Aroma of malt, dark fruits, spices such as clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, you name it. Flavour is very herbal and sweet. I’m generally not a big fan of spicy winter ales, but this one is alright.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Cola colored with ruby edges, pillowy beige head. Aroma dominated by holiday spices. Man I really dont llike these spiced up beers, but aside from the spices which I dont like, the beer is good.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Mahogany brown with some yellow at the edges, moderate head production. Aroma blends roasted notes with Christmas tree hops, and touches of lemongrass, nutmeg, some alcohol, and a little smoke. The flavor gives a little more dark fruit, such as dried blueberries, gingerbread dough, and a light toffee. Some gentle bitterness rides out the finish. It went very flat very quickly and although somewhat oily, the palate is really tiresome--while a good English bitter works well with this level of carbonation, the darker, more roasted side does better with a little gentle lift. Not my favorite incarnation of this beer, in large measure due to the flatness I experienced.


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