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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
For what this is, it is a solid winter beer that has become a tradition, .....but this just came off to spiced and having a odd metalic twang throughout. I love Anchor, remember this in the day in college when you’d be all like, winter beers rock, then pound one and puke, good times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Pours a very dark red-black with a minimal brown head. Aroma of cloves and some cinnamon. Flavor is spices including cloves and roasted malts with a bitter finish. Goes down quite smooth. Overall this is a decent beer, doesn’t particuarly remind me of xmas, but is definately a winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mad_Ferret (780) - SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 6/12/2011 Dark clear ruby colour. Big dirty head. Aroma is full of ginger and malt. So much ginger I can hardly pick out something else. Taste is dark fruit, plum, spice, not too sweet though, some coffee or bitter chocolate comes in the quite dry bitter end. Myself I am not too fond of this typical kind of dark fruit presence, that just reminds me of watery grapes. It all ends up pretty thin. 7/4/6/2/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SirLimpsalot (2902) - SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2010
Ganska trevlig och kryddig doft, otroligt mycket lakrits och turkisk peppar i smaken. Eftersmaken kunde varit lite längre.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nik925 (776) - USA - DEC 10, 2010
Fresh 2010 bottle. A pine / cleaning product smell sits in the aroma and is kinda weird. The taste is very much of herbs and spices, although to name one or two is impossible for me. Pretty sure there is some pine and some wood...but not overpowering or like an x-mas tree in a bottle. a decent malt, very distinctive of Anchor. A decent festive ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
liinis (1728) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 2010: Great beer! excellent spices and delicious hops. Anchor does not fail. 2011 lots of christmasy spices. Leaves a dry mouth but at the same time buttery. Excellent. 2012 I have to lower the grade a bit as this time it didnt impress me much

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (11038) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2011
Small bottle (with 2010 on it), shared with Drebus. Great color, dark with a deep-red glow. Makes you feel warm in cold days just by looking at it. Smelling it is completely different though. I smelled pepper! On first notive the taste is good, light bitter, but the aftertaste is pepper again, and that is somethibng I do not want to taste in my beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9838) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle 355ml vintage 2011 @ home
Pours deep brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, clove, ginger, caramel and orange. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long finish of christmas spices. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
23-12-11 Bouteille 330ml 2010(1 an vieillie): De couleur cuivrée foncée, sans effervescence et avec une mousse abondante au versage, mais qui disparait rapidement ne laissant que peu de mousse. Aromes d’herbes, de céréales et de canelle. Légèrement sucrée avec une toute petite amertume et une petite note surette. Saveurs d’herbes, d’épices et de canelle présentes, de même qu’une touche de malt et de caramel. Corps entre léger et moyen avec une texture plutôt mince et une moyenne carbonisation. Finale asser longue et maltée.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (639) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Deep mahagony pour,short lived almost non existant head. Very subtle aroma of x-mas spices and slight sweet maltiness. Spices are these but not in yer face,mild malt,good mouthfeel but still too subtlefor my taste. This beer is usually overrated and this year it is again.

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