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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rustyham (1807) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2010
This tastes like a Chirstmas tree! very strong flavor and aroma of treacle, cinnamon, nutmeg, and loads of other spices. The strongest flavor though, is Cloves- like a fancy cigarette, this beer stays in your mouth for a very long time, thus the epic palate score. Fantastically deliscious. Bottle at Zeke’s, Miami Beach.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a very deep, dark brownish red with a poofy brown head and almost zero opacity. Smell is rich of allspice, christmas cookies, some metallic notes, cinnamon, cloves and roastyness. Caramel and a slight woodyness comes through as well. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter, but most of the bitterness coming from the toasted malt and spices. Huge nutmeg and cinnamon with hints of ginger and beautiful maillard qualities. Finishes with a lovely spice linger. This will age phenomenally.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2010
A malted chocolate aroma wafts through the air as the bottle is opened. The beer pours dark brown with just a hint of red. The flavor is a complex blend of chocolates, coffee, licorice, cinnamon, grapes and orange. Very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1782) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Dark appearance , with malty aroma, hints of vanilla and nutmeg, heavy bodied with a short slightly bitter finish. Great winter ale , very drinkable, goes down pleasantly without any astringency.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BadAprilia1000 (379) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2012
This beer pours a nice ruby red color with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, and yeasty gingerbread. Taste is very much so gingerbread and Christmas cookies in general with sweet malts flowing throughout, along with a very prevalent nutmeg note. Great flavor in this beer, big but drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (3633) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Anchor’s 2012 iteration is a solid outing from the brewery. The same bitter backbone and pungent aroma. Heavy on the spice, esp. nutmeg, but also has some caramel and bread in the flavor. Tried at the Burger Stand in November, 2012.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (520) - - FEB 1, 2013
Spruce, Cinnamon, Licorice, Spices and Malts. The flavor itself reminds me of Christmas and and Pine Trees. Body is light and carbonation is just right, giving it a easy and crisp drinkability. Overall one of the best Winter Warmer ales I’ve had yet!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (3430) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2015 2013 Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. An extremely dark brown beer with ruby red highlights. Sarsaparilla, blackcurrant, vanilla and orange blossom? flavours with chocolate and a sweet floral hoppy spicy finish. Superb! 2012: Drank after being aged for around 3 years. Black-brown in colour with ruby red highlights and a thin white head. It has gentle cola, red fruit, spice and sarsaparilla flavours followed by a creamy citrus fruit and chocolate flavour. Not as zesty and full flavoured as when young, but more subtle and rounded. Still Excellent! 2009 Bottle from Hi-Spirits, Knaresborough. 2009 bottle aged for 4 years. Dark brown in colour with dark chocolate and floral flavours, orange notes and a sweet bubblegum finish. 2006: Drank in 2014, aged for around 7 1/2 years. Hazy dark brown with sherry, currants and slight sour red fruity flavours. Leather and slight vinegar notes are followed by creamy ‘wet paper’ and sarsaparilla on the finish. Not as good as a younger vintage.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (700) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Bottle. Black with frothy head. Spicy aroma, maybe cinnamon. Mouthfeel is effervescent, bubbly, and spicy. Sweet at first, then some alcohol late. Some dark spice as well, maybe clove. Weirdly has a chocolate taste. A very good Christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fourstrings (56) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Dark brown beer with very nice beige head. Dry, with strong hint of dried cherries, spices to gingerbread, chocolate and little bit of coffee too. Nice alcohol note that warms up throat. Low bitterness. Very great christmas beer.

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