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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.9
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Dark almost opaque brown body. Light tan head. The aroma is typical of this beer, it always makes me think of Juicy Fruit gum. spicy nutmeg and some pine. Flavor is much like the aroma, with more sweetness. Medium-light almost thin body. These beers are almost exactly the same every year. Why do we have a separate entry for them all?

2.9
Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottle: Beer #400 and first attempt at a real beer since my DR trip. Nice aroma of ginger and black licorice . Pours a dark red that’s somewhat transparent when held to the light. Nice tan head with fair retention. Pretty good lacing. Sweet up front with ginger, clove, pepper, smoke, and pine in the finish. Has a similar finish to the punkin ale by dogfish head, but not quite strong or as harsh. Smells great, but not impressed with the taste.

2.9
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2005
35,5 cl bottle. Tasted during trip to California. Black colour with a nice beige but little head. Roasted aroma that contained hints of spice and chocolate. Oddly spice flavour with notes of darkchokolate that ends very dry nearly no bitterness, very low body. Little carbonation. When visiting only 12 pack could be purchased hence I am now tasting the last of twelve poor christmasbeer.

2.8
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Bottle. I wasn’t that impressed with this one either. Lots of spices, too many for me. Other than that, this seemed to be a run of the mill beer.

2.8
fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
Dark brown color; thin creamy head. Aroma of caramel, spices, molasses, light roasted malt. Too dry taste, with loads of bitter caramel; some phenol, nuts and roasted nuts. Quite weak structure. Strong final. Too raw!

2.8
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours a dark reddish brown. Aroma and flavor match well with a nutty taste followed by nutmeg and spices. Flavor is so nutty it seems like I’m sucking on a walnut shell.

2.8
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2006
I’ve also had it cellared for a year and was disappointed compared to the other vintages. Good head but was very light tasting compared to other years.

2.8
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2006
Bottled. A very dark brown coloured beer with a fast dissipating off-white head and a goodly amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is heavily spiced with ginger. nutmeg and cinnamon together with some licquorice root notes and a ton of sugar. The taste shares these smells but it’s really over-sweet and over heavy on some of these spices, especially the ginger. I really expected to love and relish this but it fell really short of my expectations and I ended up happy it ended.

2.8
RSRIZZO (1997) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Had this beer on 11/20/2004. Aroma is roasted and sweet. Color is a deep dark amber with a tight thin head. Taste bright and clean with a mild roasted flavor. Starting with light/medium body it goes down crisp and light. The finish comes on with a mild roasted flavor backed by a smooth bitterness that leaves you with a clean feel. I like this beer, its crisp, clean and easy drinking, but its not what a good winter brew should be. Overall its just not rich and bold enough for a winter brew. Looking back it seems this is the mildest they have made it and it also likes like 2002 was the best so far.

2.6
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
tasted vs the 03 and 05. worst of the bunch. predominantly cinammon nose, but flavor is disappointingly thin and unexciting.


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