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RATINGS: 1974   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.

mocarmel's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Nice even flavor. Taste like traditional anchor steam that has been malted up a bit. Slightly chocolate/vanilla overtones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjogro (14) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2015
2013. Bottle from Van Alsem. 2013. Lots of spices, piney, coffee, cocoa. A bit watery and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1003) - CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
Appearance: nearly solid black with only faint ruby highlights, one finger of rocky tan head, good retention and spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: toffee, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate and fruits, spices, woody spruce. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, lingering slightly sticky finish. (4/5) Definitely an interesting winter warmer style of brew. Lots of traditional midwinter spices and dark, molasses-y malt give it a lot of the “fruitcake in a glass” character I like to see in these ales. There’s more than a hint of spruce, which makes me think they might actually incorporate spruce tips into the brew, but it’s not overwhelming or medicinal. (14/20)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (1012) - Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle 2015. Pours black with ruby highlights and small tan head. Nose is maple, vanilla and nutmeg. Taste adds some dark fruit. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (1892) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2015
Beer tasting @ Havregatan 151120. Bottle (355 ml) from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. [ Vintage 2006 ]. Malty and caramely with lots of dried fruits, woody with spicy and some light liquorice notes, medium sweet and a bit flat, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and woody with dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Neorej80 (437) - - NOV 19, 2015
2015 edition bottle. Aroma of maple, toffee, capucino, vanilla and cinnamom and some malts. Nice dark brown colour, head vanishes fast. Flavours are a bit porterlike, but also a bit watery. Lots of cinnamom, maple and malts. Sweet, maple/toffee aftertaste. Ok for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leebotton (345) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
2015 version out of bottle from brewers droop, Bristol. pours deep dark ruby with an orange brown thick persistent head. Aroma is warming with doughy spice like light cinnamon, there is an earthy character against the soft roast nature and possibly spruce notes. The flavour has a dry, nutty roast/char flavour which is balanced by a silky texture. There are subtle spice notes here. Toward the back of the tongue there is a liquorice flavour reminiscent of my early homebrew but much cleaner and later,, some doughyness is perceived in the flavour. Overall, some great flavours and certainly a multifaceted beer though i would say the dough character is somewhat overwhelming some other aspects of the beer. Very nice, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1375) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a dark brown with ruby glints where light comes through. A large brown-khaki head forms and retains well. Prune, brown sugar, and a little coffee are noted in the nose. I like the way this drinks--a soft, moderately thick fashion. Muted sweet prune fruit, light sorghum, and some of that homebrew recipe in a box characteristic are all noted in the flavors. Reminds me of a British Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1367) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown almost black color. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is slightly nutty with a good dark malt flavor. Easy drinking with a lightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mzaar (2298) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2015
Flaska. Dofter av kryddnejlika, malt, karamell och vörtbröd. Smakinslag av kryddnejlika, ingefära, karamell och apelsinskal. Något tunn i kroppen.

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