RATINGS: 2068   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dj (577) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle, 355ml, 2006. A dark ruby colour with a medium-sized brown head. Aroma is wine, hops and citrus. Taste is rather like a mince pie: tannic, raisin, cherry, orange, a little malt, some hoppiness and a touch of chocolate. Moderate carbonation. A somewhat sweet, fruity finish. Really tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
The clove, nutmeg, smoked paprika, oranze zest, coriander spice of this brew makes it a certain favorite each December. Its just a little on the bitter side, which is offset nicely by the smooth mouthfeel. This brew ages well--the spice notes get more complex in just few months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24092) - Tyres, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2007
Bottled. Very dark ruby, rich firm off-white head. Spruce aroma. Medium sweet with clean mouthfeel. Spices are evident - spruce needles, cinnamon and nutmeg is what I get. Hops lay unerneath togehter wih ligtly roasty malt. Due to the clean mouthfeel the body feels light. Finishes with medium bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Ruby color, solid dark head that actually sparkles. Starts with a sweetness that carries the flavor of ginger and orange peel Feels like a piece of candy in the mouth. Ends with a perfect transition to fresh hoppiness. Whoever said beer should be made from only 4 ingredients never tasted this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2007
Dark clear brown with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is very strong, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel... well balanced and not overdone. Smooth palate, vanilla, light chocolate malt, and bark flavours and a soft sweetness. The finish is lacking a little, not sweet, warm or spicy enough for my Christmas drinking purposes. Otherwise its a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Another classic Anchor winter brew. Flavor is full of shaped spices that release a very nice aroma. Appearance is dark with a frothy head. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth for a dark beer. A wonderful brew if you can get your hands on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
uhlerja (24) - USA - FEB 25, 2007
A good beer to try for the first time. Pours an amber brown color. Taste has a strong orange zest and other rich spices. A smooth and rich ale that is good for an occasional try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle from Ross. Pours deep brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of christmas tree needles and spices (cinnamon stick and nutmug). Medium thin mouthfeel. Flavor of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and cheap red wine mixed in with spice flavors of clove, cinnamon, and spruce. Bitter and spicy finish, in which I pick up more spruce. I am not really digging this, perhaps there is too much spruce and not enough residual sweetness. The 2004 was much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 2006 12oz bottle, pours dark brown with huge tan head. nose is very unique, earthy toffee notes mixed with brown sugar and orange. flavor has of cardmom, cloves, and sweet orange spices against a nicemalt backbone of bakers chocolate notes. mouthfeel is rich and smooth but a tad thin. a very tasty brew indeed.8/4/7/4/15=3.8.

1/23/08, 2006 vintage, aged 16 months. pours dark brown with tint of red, creamy tan head. nose of vegetal, licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and hint of chocolate. flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, nuts, and hint of caramel. age has melded this together wonderfully. tasty and aging well. 6/4/8/4/16=3.8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6097) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a deep brown color ale with a ice off-white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted caramel malt with strange spice mix. Taste is mix between some roasted caramel malt bordering on chocolate with some strange spices which make this beer feel really different. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation. Im thinking that this beer would probably benefit from some additional alcohol but it was very good nonetheless.

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