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RATINGS: 2106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.

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3.5
17Beer (428) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a big micro-bubble tan head with lots of lacing. Scents of coffee, chocolate and malt. Nice big malty coffe and taost tastes. Some sweet with a slightly sharp short balanced finish. Dry mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I like it. Ho ho ho.

3.3
kaserov (1027) - Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 17, 2017
Botella de 2017. Color marrón oscuro, casi negro, opaco, con capa de espuma marrón de tres dedos de grosor y buena retención. Carbonatación media. Textura oleosa y ligeramente efervescente. Aroma a Coca-Cola, especias, metal, chocolate negro. En boca hay recuerdos de Coca-Cola, dark fruits, muchas especias, clavo, canela, cardamomo, jengibre, chocolate negro, ligerísimo licor al final del trago, con algo de amargor. Postgusto especiado. Bien pero tampoco me dice demasiado.

4.2
thebighead (28) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2017
2017 version. Bottle from Blue Max, Burnsville, MN. There is a small off-white head and medium lacing. Sweet and spicy aroma. Thin dark brown. Fruit taste with hint of winter spice and pine. Mild hop finish. Just a slight "piney" note to make this a fine Christmas selection.

3.9
SarkyNorthener (4932) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2017
Bottle 2017 vintage @ 6.7% from Bier Huis, Ossett and drunk in hotel, Wakefield after the annual Christmas family gathering. Black beer with medium tan head. Aroma of liquorice, dark malts, toffee and dark fruit. Taste is spice, Sweetish dark malts, dried dark fruit, liquorice and molasses. Medium bodied. Very good.

3.9
Kronhjort1996 (97) - Århus C, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2017
Hælder mahogni amber, med tyk off white skum. Klar væske
Dufter af pine, og er præget af mellemristet kaffe i smagen.
Der er en fin humlet bitterhed
medium body, lidt for tynd, average carbonation, fin kaffeish finish

Fin øl til at nyde foran pejsen,

3.2
justkoehn (172) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2017 Little head and medium lacing. Sweet and spicy aroma. Thin dark brown aroma. Tart fruit taste with hint of winter spice. Mild hop finish

3.4
alvaro78 (642) - Sevilla, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2017
Aromas a tostado y canela y cacao Bien aspecto caoba oscuro espuma persistente En boca compleja cacao torrefacto y especiada ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
ironcontra (493) - ATL, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2017
kinda watery, but then a weird miz of sweet tart and somewhat bitter at end. licorice, cocacola, spices

3.5
AcctError487384 (92) - - DEC 11, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2017 medium mokka coloured head, black coloured body, fruity pine tree peach like smell, some sweet malts brett yeasts like taste dark malts chocolat like taste

3.5
hrabren (1736) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 11, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2017 0.33 l bottle shared with Anna Bog. Thanks! Dark brown, lasting small tan head. Spicy aromas, roasty, nutty, chocolate. Dry. Nice use of spices. Medium body, moderate carbonation, light finish. Tasty.


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