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RATINGS: 2105   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Spicy, robust, opaque, well balanced, slighty hoppy in the back of the throat, delicious with fondue or simply alone. A great American Christmas beer!!!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
monkeyman (57) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
October 2006 bottling date; from my recall; all consumed 12-06: Can there be anything better? This is the most incredible/accessible spiced libation each and every year since 1997 (in my humble experience). Just a stunning example of the brilliance of Anchor. Methinks the Belgiums be losin their luster... jus like the Yankees...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2007 from the bottle: produces a nice, thick head that consists of many micro bubbles; has a nice spicy smell and a very light and spicy, but pleasant aftertaste that hangs around for about 30 seconds. I think this is a very pleasing holiday brew.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
troopie (2305) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Looked ike a good jar of stout dark brown with much lacing Sweet floral aroma of rose and tulips. Malty body with notes of espresso coffee, chocolate and toast. More flowers. LIngering floral finish. My first comment was "Its like drinking flowers."

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hiddenvariable (210) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2007, on tap at ds. poured a clearish dark brown, with a thin tan head. huge spicy nose, with lots of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and anise. more of that in the flavor, with the anise and nutmeg overpowering the light sprucey hop notes and the caramel malts. a touch sweet on the finish, with the spices again dominating everything. medium bodied, and a good carbonation. i dont like anise, and after a while that was all i could taste. i dont like this style, but for some reason i keep trying.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phobos1031 (87) - Paradise, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12oz bottle...like drinking a Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas ham in a bottle. very spicy and fulla hops, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pine tree. good for standinging line in the butt ass cold before you go to a Dead show while youre frying on acid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2007 - Pours a very dark clear red with small tan head. Aroma is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, pine and sugar cookies. Flavor is brightly spicy, lightly sweet and finishes mildly bitter. Overall, pretty good and unique but not something Id drink regularly. Perfect for the holidays.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - NOV 28, 2007
Nice rich porter like color with notes of chocolate and spice. Great dark tan head with excellent lacing. Nice allspice finish that lingers just a bit before Im ready for another sip. A very enjoyable winter beer that I will continue to enjoy after a day on the slopes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3593) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2006 Pours deep garnet/ruby brown with a fleeting tan head. Light caramel and spice aroma. Starts sweet with a sour bitterness in the finish that must come from the spices. I dont know if this one works for me.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
2007 Vintage. I have had many other vintages in the past, but I guess I havent bothered rating them, surprisingly. Aroma is of pine needles, hops, spiciness, nutmeg, and some allspice, too. Pretty aromatic and fairly quaffable. Gorgeous rather transparent mahogany colored body with a rocky, frothy light tan head that is rather large and persistent. Good lacing. Hmm, somewhat astringent, lightly sour start, which is a little chalky and chocolate-roasted like. Some light spiciness with more allspice comes in later with a little more roastiness. This isnt really doing it for me. Kind of harsh, astringent, and boring.


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