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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2007
2006 bottle. Poured dark brown with a ruby tint when held up to a light. Aroma is a meld of cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some juniper or licorice. Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg tones in the taste with a mild, dry hop and orange rind finish. The palate was a bit thinner than I expected.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Based on the overall rating, was expecting it to be much better. Aroma was of spices, and some light malt. Taste was much of the same, but was watery and thin. Overall it was decent, but wont be in any rush to try it again.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
cole45 (21) - USA - JAN 26, 2007
The spice is WAY, WAY, WAY TOO MUCH. Im just glad I didnt spring for the magnum they had at the local beer shop.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (4432) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
2005 edition very piney,and spicy. with a tad bit of sweetness thrown in. very interesting, definetly a sipper. dont think ill have it again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3372) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2007
2006 bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of spices, fruit, and molasses. The flavor is fruit, spices, molasses. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2007
2006 Edition. Pours dopplebock-like, dark brown and clear with garnet highlights. Head is just smaller than average, fizzy and frothy, and beige; surprisingly it is somewhat lasting. Nose is full of spices; vanila bean, spruce, light chocolate, and mint bubblegum; not expected but weird and intriguing. Very similar flavor, spruce needles, light chocolate, toasted bread, and that mint bubblegum note still. Nice but better as an aroma than a flavor. Bitterness is fairly low. Palate is medium-light, lively, and a bit slick in texture. Finishes with lightly burnt toast, faint coffee, and a little anise. What a weird take on a winter beer; not bad, just unique and strangely inticing. One of those beers that is hard to hate, but hard to really like a whole lot, but very hard to rate. I had my friends try it and they all just looked at me with a dumb face; no complaints, no real compliments...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (6081) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2007
The version from the year 2006. The beer pours a nice dark brown colour with a thick, tan, moldable head. The smell is not very pronounced and I could at no time detect exactly what it smelled like, though two of my friends mentioned mint bubblegum. As for the taste, it is complex at worst. There is really a lot going on in this beer. Im not going to bother identifying whatever spice goes where, but just mention that the finish is definately chocolate. I have no idea what they threw into this beer, but at the end of the day it made for a quality, full-bodied ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3959) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle, 12 ounces, Old Stock Tasting IV with Dum, Ian and Steve at Lubires, savoured on October 13th, 2006; eye: burgundy, no effervescence, clear, no head; nose: thyme, light malt, floral hops, small berries; mouth: light bitterness, caramelized malt, candied fruits, "at my dentist", finale in bitterness with a hint of pepper, medium body, light astringency, lightly sweet, medium bitterness, light acidity FRANAIS Bouteille, 12 onces, dgustation de Vieux stock III avec Dum, Ian et Steve chez Lubire, savour le 13 octobre 2006; oeil : bourgogne, pas deffervescence, claire, pas de mousse; nez : thym, lger malt, houblon floral, petits fruits; bouche : amertume lgre, malt caramlis, fruits confits, chez mon dentiste , finale en amertume avec pointe de poivre, corps moyen, astringence moyenne, lgrement sucre, amertume moyenne, petite acidit

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.


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