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RATINGS: 1830   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 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.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2008
2007 bottle. Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is spicy with cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon. Chunky mouth feel and way too much clove taste. Not my thing at all Ė didnít finish it.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4118) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Darker brew. Had this trice, 2014, 2010 & 2007. Piquant, overly spiced metallic aroma. Caliginous appearance. Flavors that are a therapeutic back throat notion. A stronger alt feel. Entertaining palate. Overall a tranquilizing brew. Slight creamy sensations, save it. Tastes better on the finish. Yes, the spice is very apparent in this dark beer, almost in yer face but not quite.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle (2007 Edition): Sweet, malty aroma; Like a barley wine. Smells of malts, sugarcane, nutmeg, and toffee. Poured dark ruby with a small, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Heavily sweet flavor. Tastes of caramel, malts, nuts, sugar, nutmeg, molasses, and honey. Vinous. Really nasty flavor. Medium body. Dry texture. Lively carbonation. Dry, sweet, malty finish. I poured this out.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a slight brown shine under a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong spicy notes among them strong notes of spruce and cardemomme - a bit too much for me. The flavor is sweet again with strong notes of spices - especially spruce and cardemmome, but then a note of roasted malt joins in, and combines with the spices to give it an extremely dry finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Iím sure this would be great if you like the flavors they used, but I just couldnít stand it. Liquorice, cloves, and some other spices I couldnít distinguish.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2009
2008 vintage. Pours almost black with decent brown head. Aroma is originally very off-putting. My brain simultaneously thought chocolate and fecal...not good. Oddly enough, as it warmed it morphed into a much nicer pine/mint aroma. Taste is also originally quite off-putting, being over-spiced and tasting like burned chocolate. Again, as it warms, it improves and becomes more balanced. Overall a very dry beer. Lesson: donít drink this at a cold or cool temperature, itís disgusting.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Raisins, sir, raisins! And a syrupy yeasty taste. Unimpressed for their special ale. SAIS happy hour, Johns Hopkins University in Washington. Bartended.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
dark brown with a tan head. aroma green pine. flavor weak bitter pine. finish bitter mild spice and pine. watery fizzy mouthfeel. not good. almost a drain pour.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2008
07 bottle. Pours a real dark brown with a thin off-white. Smells like a Christmas tree and roasted barley. The taste is overly spicy with little balance. I thought a year would help, I was damn wrong. Not on my wish list.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Dark malt aroma with caramel (which comes with dark/amber malts) aroma. Black/dark brown in color with a nice and frothy tan head. Pale amber start with a malty aftertaste. Taste like a poorly made homebrew.


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