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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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysus (1473) - Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle pours murky oxidized amber with a tan head. Aroma is slightly oxidized and malt driven with sweet caramel and underlying raisin/fig. Almost like a fruitcake. Overall body is moderate and soft, with sweet malt being followed with minimal bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2010
These spiced beers are not for me, I can take one but usually donít want to drink more than one. Spiced quite a bit. Sweetness as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3119) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2010
2005 bottle - Pours deep, dark mahogany with a small creamy tan head. Licorice, wood, soy sauce, brown sugar, and light spice on the nose. Pretty much the same flavor--all the OSAs Iíve had so far have that really rich flavor that oscillates between savory and sweet. Itís odd as hell, but interesting. This one doesnít linger quite as long, and seems to be a bit more mellow. Still, not entirely my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1614) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Appearance: dark mahogany with deep ruby highlights; light tan head. Aroma: graham crackers, ginger snaps, fresh-cut pine boughs. Taste: as the aroma indicates, almost exactly; a little toasty and sweet, giving way to those resinous hops. Finish: toasty (almost burnt); well-balanced; lingering and dry. Notes: Definitely tasted like a holiday brew. Not my favorite, but I did enjoy the play of holiday flavors. Like eating a gingerbread house with pine needles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABS (731) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2011
Dark brown. spicey smell. Spice and malt aroma. Some off-tastes. Should be a lot fuller. Good nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (2636) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2011
From a bottle marked 1NQ. 2011 series. It has an attractive dark amber-ruby red pour with a moderate head that disappears quickly. The aroma is kind of mellow with sweet malts, anise, and a clean hop character. The body is just a little better than medium. The taste is more subtle than the aroma but it is not a bad one. Sort of sweet, bitter, vanilla, and lightly spiced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from Bestway. 2010 vintage. Pour: Brown/reddish pour. Thin collar of foam. Aroma: Dark fruit spice nose. Taste: A holiday beer. Spice coupled with prunes/raisins. Cinnamon/nutmeg and vanilla tones cascade through this brew. Juniper in the mix perhaps. Reminded me of a light, beery Swedish Glogg that Iíve had on occasion. Overall: Imbibed for experience. A holiday thang only.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melker (244) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2012
Dark brown beer, off-white head. Some spices in the aroma, canít put my finger on it. Taste is overpowered by mint... kinda weird. Interesting . Light body and pretty good carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2013
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 311212. Brown with beige head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavour with x-mas and caramel roasts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
berkshirejohn (5282) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
355ml bottle of the 2012 vintage, from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. A deep magohany pour with a thin cream head and a cherry red glow; the aroma is vinous and earthy; but the taste is rather dominated by some rather bitter Christmas spices that clash with the soft fruity body; and leave a thin dry finish. A great start, but a disappointing finish.

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