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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a sizeable thick tan colored head, great lacing. Aroma is quite unique, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, malt, pine. Flavor is much the same cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pine, chocolate, roasted malt. Palate is medium full, medium carbonation, spicy lingering finish. Great seasonal, look forward to this each year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2006
2006 Edition got off to a great start. Poured from the bottle to a dark brown, with hints of ruby, and a thick effervescent, dark tan head that lingered well and left excellent lacing. Aroma was a very pleasant winter blend of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg spices, with hints of malt and alcohol joining in as the beer warmed. Flavor tried to follow suit, but was undone by the thin watery body. Mouthfeel was not as spicy as I had hoped and expected, due again to the watery taste, and the finish left something to be desired, as it was short and relatively tasteless. Not a bad winter ale, but I had much higher hopes for this based on its start.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Dark brown body with ruby-red highlights and a quarter inch of light tan head. Smells phenominal - roasty, malty, with vanilla and spices. Tastes malty, slightly roasty, maybe hints of chocolate or coffee? Vanilla and spices also have a strong presence. Has kind of a root beer aspect to the flavor in the background. Unique and very well balanced between all the flavors in this beer. Creamy full mouth feel. This beer is fantastic. I am so impressed with this beer. Another success for Anchor - what a great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 2006 edition. Great seasonal from Anchor. Have been trying to get some of their Christmas brews for years and finally succeeded! I wasnt disappointed either. Loverly flavors of molasses, nutmeg, some vanilla, cinnamon all floating on a base of malt sweetness with a touch of hops. Not as warming as I would have liked but thats a minuscule complaint. This is a very good beer! Best seasonal Ive had this year!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iskirwan1 (66) - monument, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2006
bottle 2006.pours a brownish/black with creamy and tan head wich starts out large than shrinks but still lingers.aroma is of spices (nutmeg,cinnamon,all spice) and moloasse wich togather resmplaces gingerbread cookies.taste is like liquid gingerbread cookies.mouth feel is creamy warm and inviting.finsh is somewhat spicey and well rounded.overall this is probley the best seanol of this year

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (13725) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a brown head. Aroma and flavour of chocolate, coffee, fruit, roasted malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2208) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2006 year: Pours a beautiful ruby-chocolate black pour with an initial 2-finger head that diminishes to an espresso foam top, leaving medium lace down the glass. The nose is vinous, with some notes of bitter chocolates, smoked sausage, spices and roasts. The smoked sausage really stands out in the flavor department, with some dark cherry, bitter choco malts, holiday pie spices and smoke. The finish is really an extension of the flavor, nicely integrated. The mouthfeel is round and warming. A nice holiday spiced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 2007 Vintage:
Pours a deep ruby brown into the glass with a small off white head. Aroma is big this year. Im picking up a lot of nutmeg, cinammon and bubble gum type aromas. The taste is relatively unassuming considering its huge aroma. Nice and crisp with a dry finish.
Aroma: 8 Appearance: 4 Flavor: 6 Palate: 4 Overall: 15
Fruity Aroma. Pours almost completely black with a dark tan head. Has some rich coffee/chocolate maltiness along with some fruity undertones. Has a nice spice to it. Im not a huge fan of the style, but this is definately worth a try!
Aroma: 7 Appearance: 5 Flavor: 6 Palate: 4 Overall: 15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle (2006) at home. Dark - almost black - brown head. Chokolate, light coffee, spicy, coriander, pinewood, orange, raisins, roasted, hoppy, dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12377) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Dark mahogany colour with big beige creamy head. Aroma has LOTS of cinnamon with roasted malts and cloves. Quite complex taste. Plums, fruits, raisins, blue-berries and roasted malts dominate. It ends dry with cinnamon and slight flowery bitterness. Good.

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