RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
This is the thirtieth special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is available 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. In ancient times, trees symbolized the winter solstice, when the earth with its seasons appears born anew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Dark red/brown color, burnt amber head. Great spicy and yeasty smell. Cooked Fruity flavor almost stout but very drinkable and mild. My glass didnt last long. Im not familiar with this brewery but Ill be giving them another try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Bottle. Deep, opaque ruby color, frothy tan head, some lacing on my glass. Great spicy aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Not a lot of body in the flavor, just some more spices and a gentle bitterness. Finish is more of the same. Not a bad winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Appearance: Nearly clear, deep crimson coloring, shining ruby bright around the edges, beneath a most attractive cookie-ish cushion of foam, toasted tan, creamy and inviting. Aroma: yeast and malt are thrust forward, matched well with spices, and sweet toffee-ish, cookie-and-cake associations. Sweetness, but not cloying. gingerbread, raw cookie dough, cinnamon, ...more will enter my mind, as we turn to the Taste: Full in the mouth, massive, malty mouthfeel, very tasty and smooth. Finish hangs in there for a while, leaving traces of ginger and clove, creamy and just about lush. Thoruoghly satifying texture, richly rewarding flavor. Im usually pretty content with this beer from year to year, even overjoyed at times, but this one will probably get more purchase from me than usual. Definitely the best winter warmer Ive had so far this season, and it could still be beaten, but I doubt it. Really does the trick!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2004
Deep rich amber brown with thick mocha colored head. Gingerbread cinnamon nose with light malt and hops. Med weight with light sweetness and sour/dry finish. Ginger, molasses, malt, cinnamon, chocolate, and more on the palate. A little weak on the finish but overall a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12839) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pours dark nut brown with a small, thick and frothy tan head. Some fair lacing. Aromas of roasted malt with a sweet hop nose; raisins and plums as well. Roasted malt flavor, a bit like toast, also like a dark chocolate or coffee without the bitterness. Warm and fizzy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Draft. Very dark mahogony color with almost no head. Spicey, figgy, fruity, roasty flavors. Smooth tasting with some complexity. Spicey aroma. I remember pine in the year before, but not here. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
dark brown, with a spruce/cappucino nose & flavor. extremely drinkable. my wife even liked it. very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (4148) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Dark with a brownish garnet hue. Head lasts at a quarter inch and has sort of a greyish tinge. Christmas spice in the nose a long with a mild almost Belgian-style yeasty character. Its a bit thin bodied which leaves the spicy molasses and dried fruitsweetness unsupported. Notes of dark chocolate and a good dose of bitterness and maybe a twinge of astringency come out in the finish. Better than the 2002 but not as smooth as the 2003.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3870) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2004
Bottled. Very dark(ruby?) brow. Lavendel, menthol and licorice nose. Herbal flavour is the first impression, but this is a sammelsurium of flavours. Lavendel, licorice, cinnamon, dried fruits...to name a few. There might be a small-ish astringent bitterness, which I dont fancy. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18841) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2004
Dark amber color, nice creamy brown head. Starts with a very floral aroma with lavendel, but then turns into quite alot of maltiness, and notes of glutwien with ginger coming through. Flavor also brings some lavendel, and is also malty and somewhat spicy. Some dried fruits is in there as well along with ginger. Complex and interesting. Bitter finish with ginger notes.

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