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RATINGS: 1897   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6358) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Bottle (2008, fresh). Pours deep brown with a beige head. Malty sweet aroma with apple, nutmeg, and spices. The flavor is lightly sweet and toasty, with spices, fruit, chocolate, and a hint of burnt wood. Very good. 8/4/8/3/15 = 3.8

Bottle (2008, 1 year old) Deep cola brown with a thin beige head. The aroma has nutmeg, other spices, and a sweet fruity hint. The flavor has some sweet fruity (almost cherry) and toffee like notes, nutmeg, and toast. A very slight hint of sourness seems like itís creeping up, but really doesnít diminish much from the overall flavor. I have another bottle of this aging that Iíll try next winter so weíll see where it goes. 8/4/7/3/15 = 3.7

Bottle. (2008, 2 years old). Pours dark brown with a beige head. The aroma has toffee and spices with some port like notes. The flavor has a little bit of sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, spices, oxidized notes, and some toasty malty notes. I donít mind the oxidation, itís not overpowering, but Iím guessing another year wouldnít help this. Who knows. 8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OzarkElmo (301) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours reddish-brown with moderate beige head. Tastes of malt & spices - ginger, cinnamon and others. Malty but thin and easy to drink. Not smokey, thatís a plus. Good for the style, but not my style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
John25 (694) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Very dark ruby. Aroma of winter spice and dark fruit. Plum and raisin notes. Very high carb with a thin mouthfeel. A little sweet on the finish. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (395) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Deep reddish brown pour out of the giant bottle, with a sudsy, tan head. Aromas of malt and spices. Flavor is a bit of the same, with some funk mixed in, but nothing too off putting. Damn, this is a big ass bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (793) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Aroma is fig, cinnamon, spice and caramel. Light plum and raisin notes. Taste is a very sweet spicy body with a very pale bitterness. A sweet spicey body to the end. Appearance is a very dark clear amber with a medium pearl head that retains well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
e303 (122) - - DEC 24, 2014
2014 bottle to Nonic pint. The pour is a deep reddish brown with a decent head that doesn't last too long. The aroma is spicy and malty. The taste is spicy and malty and a bit funky. The finish is clean and bright. Nice little beer from Anchor. Looking forward to next years version. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtravis63 (21) - Haughton, Louisiana, USA - DEC 24, 2014
2014 version in 12 oz. bottle from fridge to glass. Christmas hard candy type smell with what seems to be seasonal spices but also could be herbal. The color appears to be copperish with a light tan medium head with very little lacing. Medium sweetness to a light sourness that is taste explosion of almost a potpourri type hint that leaves it actually hard to describe. Finishes nice on the palate and makes you ready for what you might taste next. Merry Christmas and thanks for providing a unique tasting experience each year. Nice sequoia drawing on the label this year! Nothing like a good seasonal with taste and meaning.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cool_Bond (1583) - Kung av ÷l @ Facebook, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Spiced, dark malty, syrup of the fragrance. The flavor of the butter, syrup and some yeast too. Weak bitterness in the aftertaste that fills the mouth for a long while. Okay beer to drink. Follow me @ Kung av Ųl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (3724) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2014
2014 version on tap at Yard House Waikiki 221214. Nice Christmas beer with some spice in the nose. Mild brown colour with a tan head and nutmeg flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
konungen (85) - - DEC 23, 2014
2014 flaska. Mörkbrun öl med kaffefärgat skum. Kryddig maltig doft med en söt god smak. Lagom styrka. Gillas! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zekada (269) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma is malty and spicy. Pours almost black with a small beige head. Taste is smokey and has some roasted malts. Palate is a bit oily. Overall a decent beer, not very tasteful though.


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