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RATINGS: 1957   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 Aleís 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.

Editorís 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 youíd 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 (677) - 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, doesnít 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 (764) - 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 (2778) - SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2010
Ganska trevlig och kryddig doft, otroligt mycket lakrits och turkisk peppar i smaken. Eftersmaken kunde varit lite lšngre.

   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 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (10618) - 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (638) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
i dont know what happened to my beer...i can say, it is lucky to get a 3.1 in my books...aroma AND flavor are quite indistinct due to a watered-down approach by anchor....spices, malts, caramels....nothing else....very bland and somewhat tasteless...maybe it was a disaster having this beer after my last five (fullers london porter, lion stout, thomas hardyís ale, de dolle stille nacht, and rogue hazelnut nectar)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 12, 2006
Taste like soap and berries. Has an amazing mouthfeel and aroma, but I canít get past the taste. This is the worst anchor Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11223) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 2005 version: Tap, ít Klooster Delft. Sold as "snow Anchor". Loads of clove both in aroma and flavor. Very spicy, with clove up front. Some malt and raisin. Lacks balance. 6 3 6 2 10 = 2.7 2007 version: bottle: Strong aroma of red berries, cardemom and ginger. Spicy, yet warm alcoholic flavor with red berries. Thin. Too spicy to be really enjoyable. 2010 version: bottle. Dark brown color. Anis, dried fruit, orange peel and cardemom in the aroma. Sweet, spicy flavor with lots of citrusfruit, cinnamon, anis and cardemom. Spicy, but still satisfyingly balanced. (7 4 7 2 13 = 3.1)

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