RATINGS: 2069   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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Well, a decidedly interesting brew. More complexity than I expect from an ale. The boquet of this one gives something away immediately--it smells vaguely of pine. Sure enough, the flavor betrays a bit of lemon zest on the back of the tongue, a hint of nutmeg, and an overtaste of spruce. Not so bad as one might think, though nothing I would want in a daily drinker. Worth trying once though.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
dark brown with a tan head. aroma green pine. flavor weak bitter pine. finish bitter mild spice and pine. watery fizzy mouthfeel. not good. almost a drain pour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12298) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2007
06-on tap @Gaslight NJ-pours a bubbly tan head and dark mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-sweet/caramel and chocolate, secondary spices. Taste is roasty, dark malt-sweet/caramel and chocolate, secondary spices, faint hops. OK carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4034) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bottle Pours a very dark redish brown with a full tan head. Lots of hefty lacing as well. Roasted aroma and slight chocolate and spicy hints. Flavor is full and chocolatey with sweet spices. Not overdone, and a very interesting combo. Slightly bitter and alcohol notes in the trailer. Different, but good enouigh I will be watching for it again next year.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrohn92 (105) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
I tried the Anchor Christmas ale and loved all of the unique spices in it. However the malt was a bit too roasted for my taste but it was overall a very good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
2006 Version. Pours a dark brown, with two inches or more of soft and sudsy tan foam. Good head retention, decent webby lace. Mild spice and chocolate in the nose. Flavor dry chocolate malt with LOTS of drier spice that reminds me of Celestial Seasonings Roast-A-Roma herbal tea. Id enjoy these flavors better in a subordinate role, rather than as the main attraction. A bit of licorice and leather in there too. Smooth, nice carbonation, medium body. A bit too much spice for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 2006 Bottle. Nose is pine, some malty sweetness, cinnamon and clove. Pours a dark amber with a patchy but steady brown head. Taste is very Christmas, also very piney and lots of spice. Palate is somewhat thin but crisp.

2007 Bottle. Sweet grape nose with a touch of caramel. Very little spice with a touch of alcohol. Deep amber with a thin brownish head. Lots of grape flavor, mild sweetness with a soft palate well-balanced malt complexities.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
beer pours a very pretty, ruby-tited deep brown, with a tan head that retains well and leaves massive lace. nose is of course spicy, but not as over-the-top as some years (no pine sol, not super clovey). chocolate notes in the aroma, along with, perhaps, some light cinamon, and maybe some cardamom. flavor is again more beer-like than some other years, with the spices adding nuance to a flavor that again has bitter chocolate notes. pleasing vintage of this brew. perhaps some astringency in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5956) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2007
An aroma of raisins and spice. A dark brown pour with guey lacing. A flavor of toasted malt with little to no alcohol. A surprisingly dry bitter finish that has a bit of a twang. Not a bad beer just not one of my faovorite styles.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2007
2006 On tap @ Coles Buffalo, NY. Dark brown with Khaki head. Always something different & usually good. 2006 no exception. Usual suspects of pine, nutmeg, chocolate & cinnamon. Enjoyable again.


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