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RATINGS: 1821   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BadAprilia1000 (238) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Anchorís 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (481) - - 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 Iíve had yet!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2094) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 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! 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 Ďwet paperí and sarsaparilla on the finish. Not as good as a younger vintage.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (314) - - 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.

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (351) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2014
35,5 cl bottle from etregourmet.be. This 2013 edition pours dark brown with a large creamy, beige head that stays up. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and orange. Flavour is malty with dark, bitter chocolate and spices. Creamy mouthfeel with a very long spiced aftertaste that after 5 min changes to dark bitter chocolate. Some alcohol warmth as well. Well brewed and a nice different beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRatKing (102) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
After humming and hawing for a couple of months, I finally bit the bullet and got me one of these. It wasnít that I was worried if I would like it, but simply because a massive magnum of ale seemed like a bit of overkill for someone with no friends to share it with. Ah well. Beer me. Pours a dark, dark chestnut, bordering on stout-black, with a rich and creamy off-white head that is in no hurry to dissipate this side of the millennium. Nose of sweet treacle and wintíry spices, faint mint for some reason, though I may be wrong. Flavour picks up on the sweet treacle and spices, sweet and pleasant and mellow, ending on a vanilla biscuit note. This is definitely the sort of beer I would enjoy on a Soltice Night. I will look forward to it with pleasure this year.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Off comes the cap, and the brew starts bubbling up, but not out...better get into the glass (a St. Bernardus chalice seems best) and get it going! Ebon hued, with a crown of toasted tan, a creamy espresso-tinted 1/4" ring. Sweet nose, vanilla and oak, white chocolate, nuts, maple, pepper, and more...probably...gets deeper as we go in...and I rather like it. Creamy mouthfeel, soft, yet spicy. Warm, easy on the palate, and luxurious. Taste is a mix of vanilla and tree bark, with special secret spices. Syrupy feel kicks in and dominates. Feels breadier, heartier the more we sip. Spice and syrup, vanilla and oak, oh, my...or as we say in Minnesota, "thatís different." Might be one of the tamer OSAís of my recent memory, but I still like it lots. Theyíve yet to disappoint me, year after year. Once again, a unique and highly satisfying winter warmer. Thanks again, Anchor!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Black color with a few tints of ruby on the edges; medium tan head. Aroma is ladden with pine, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. Mmmmmmm... Allspice is the dominant spice in the flavor. A moderate amount of hop bitterness. Decent malt base. The pine flavor drifts in the background, but itís not an IIPA kind of pine. This is more like the aroma of the Minnesota/Wisconsin Northwoods in the winter, only as a taste. Damn I love this beer.


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