RATINGS: 2105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
This is our special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ales 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.

Editors 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2578) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2007
( 2007 Vintage) Thin light brown head which dissipates quickly. Minimal carbonation. Spicy aroma with lots of nutmeg, ginger and spruce. Also a bit of rootbeer in the background. Color is a very dark brown. Dry and thin palate. Gingerbread, nutmeg, and a bit of dry chalkyness. Lingering roasted grains and bitterness. A decent seasonal brew. Thanks to etowneraser for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2007
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours a deep, clear mahogany with a small light, cream color head. Aroma of pine tree and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is a combination of spices, maple syrup, and licorice. Hint of a bitter ending, but not too overpowering.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mmmbeer (1409) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2007
2007 edition- 12 oz bottle poured into tumbler. Poured non-transparent light black, tan head slowly fizzed away, moderate carbonation. Aroma of pine needles, molasses, and resine. Hits the mouth with a thin body, cinnamon and nutmeg and noticeable, finish stops quickly. Was expecting greatness from this brewery, not impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2007
2007 edition. 12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is caramel malt with some spices. Flavor has cinnamon, nutmeg (?) and maple. A little thin on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RSRIZZO (1980) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Had this beer on 12/12/2006. Aroma is a sweet roasted malt scent. Color is a deep near black amber with light carbonation and a thin tight head. Taste is rich and smooth. Starting with a full body it goes down smooth fizzy feel that comes off a bit creamy. Finish come in with rich feel but a mild sweet malt flavor that rides out to an alcohol taste in the end. Overall its good, not the best Winter brew but still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Tasting at Holiday Beerfest in Omaha: Brownish-red color with thick head. Very spicy aroma with hints of cinnamon. Warming flavor, with spices dominant (nutmeg and cinnamon most pronounced). Watery finish with some warmth in the aftertaste. Wasnt enough other to stand up to the spice in this one for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3487) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
355ml brown bottle. 2007 bottling. Deep red brown colour. Sizeable thick creamy head, light beige in colour. Leaves modest lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, a bit floral with traces of maple, spice and spruce (?). Toffeeish malt flavour with some roast malt, dark chocolate, a bit woody. Light roast malts, dark chocolate iand mild hops in the aftertaste. Nice winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2007
355 ml bottle. 2007. Dark brown/reddish color. Ligth brown head. For a low-alcohol it is very balanced and complex. Darek fruits, caramell, spices

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cryfreedmb (113) - Ocean, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep red pour with a 1 inch think light brown head. Pour looks great. Aroma is of malt and multiple spices. Flavor is of malt, toffee and then an array of spicies. Slightly bitter at the end. Nice brew. A beer that is great around the Holidays. Not something to drink alot of or at any other time of the year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Dark brown pour with big head. The aroma and flavor were both dominated by ... rose. Spicy flavor.

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