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RATINGS: 1954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


BilltheButcher's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BilltheButcher (12) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Dark brown appearance, tan head. Smells like coffee with creamer, molasses, sweet, roasty. Tastes sweet, spicy, maybe a little bit of spruce. The spices come on strong and overpower any roasty malty notes. Slightly bitter finish. Seems fairly complex though not directed in any way, but it grows on you.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KW92 (523) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2015 ******************PIWO DEGUSTOWANE PRZED ZAŁOŻENIEM KONTA.(data degustacji: 27.12.2013)******************

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (291) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
2013 Version- Pours a very dark brown mahogany color with a thick tan head on top. Smells of mellow spiced fruit, toffee, molasses, pine resin, and gingerbread. Dry, spiced, somewhat gingerbread-y flavor. A little tart fruit, spruce, bitter chocolate, orange peel, and faint maple. Medium body, creamy texture, with a slickness that sticks to the tongue. Definitely better as it warms up.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (490) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2015
Light brown lasting foam and a delicate aroma of fig, plum and roasted malt. The taste varies over hard roasted malt, a little hazelnut, fig, dried dark fruit (prune / raisin) candied and dark bitter chocolate. It is without doubt a very delicious ale with clearly Belgian touch. It signals Christmas with large ’C’ and tastes determined by more than 5.5% alcohol as the label says. The bitterness is gentle, yet present, and put a beautiful end to the many flavors that bombards the taste buds to a degree almost become too violent. Now one should not complain when a brewmaster pampers with all its artist, but less hard roasted malt, less heavy fruit hues and easier fullness had also dressed this great ale. Semi-dry aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (665) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Malt and spices, real pleasing Appearance- A reddish-black with a small off-white head Taste- Once again the malt and spices are present. this time they are in the flavor and they deliver: very nice Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An excellent version of a winter warmer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (1098) - GREECE - JUL 4, 2015
355ml bottle v2012. Dark brown color with light beige head. Malty aroma, spicy, nutmeg, some cinnamon, dark dried fruits, light chocolate and licorice, caramel. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (426) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2015
2014 bottle, deep brown beer, good almond head, good lace. Aroma cinnamon, raisin, molasses, coffee. Taste is cinnamon, rootbeer, coffee, cloves. Palate a little light, but ok, carbonation nicely subdued. This should be mulled, I think, or done as a flip.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (497) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2015
355ml bottle from 2014, still available at Systembolaget Söderhallarna. Dark brown with a creamy, compact, tan head. Great aroma, cinnamon, pine, cherry, there are many scents and it is difficult to distinguish them. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonated. The taste begins with caramel and spices, cinnamon, prunes. Finish with fresh green pine needles.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamaty (1241) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2015
Color café, muy oscura... Espuma escasa. Fuerte aroma a canela, chocolate y lupulos. Cuerpo ligero y baja efervescencia. El sabor sigue al aroma, muy muy sabroso y equilibrado, apareciendo además toques de uva, y destacando por encima de todo las especias, pimienta, mucha canela sobre todo en el postgusto. Muy buena.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1960) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2015
2014 Bottle: This one pours a cloudy, dark amber color. There was a finger of a light tan head. Some lacing. Good nose. Malts, holiday spices are the most predominate. Getting some dark fruits also. The taste is very good. Very rich malt body, with just a bit of sweetness, Subdues holiday spices, maybe some orange, a touch of earthy hops. Very Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (896) - Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2015
2014 version. On draft and the 2 L bottle. Dark brown with one finger head. Aroma of pine, spices (nut meg). Really well done and different from the more cinnamon christmas beers.


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