RATINGS: 2107   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 16/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown in colour with a rich creamy head. Malty and sweet with notes of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Creamy mocha-colored head with a rusty-brown body. Aroma of nutmeg, toffee, cinnamon, clove, light anise, and fruitcake. Full flavor is like fresh malt syrup with notes of plums, chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Medium sweet with nicely integrated, lightly pungent spices. Medium body and a very pleasant aftertaste. This has matured nicely so far. Good call, Scott.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1433) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish purple hue. Enticing aroma...bubblegum, nutmeg, cinnamon. Light brown head. Flavor is chocolate, fig, licorice, roasted malt. Not much for hops here, but this is still enjoyable. Complex flavors, very well done. I am intrigued to try the previous years versions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3335) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
Hazy deep brown hue, with a small tan-colored head, with a spicy nose of licorice, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, malty chocolate accent, pine niddles note, hint of brown sugar in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a winey chocolatey malt character, with some licorice, anise, nutmeg spiciness, dark chocolate note, with some dark dried fruit accents, leading towards a mild chocolatey roasted malt, faint bitterness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2006
[Bottle at plain Kitchen] Aroma of fresh berry fruit and spices, nutmeg. Full body, dry, leaves spiceyness on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7619) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 This beer has a longstanding history with me and I always try to get some when it comes out - though generally I find that it gets better with age. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark ruby-mahogany color with a huge frothing rich brown head. Absolutely gorgeous. The aroma is sweet toasty malts with a moderate molasses element. The flavor is very malty with elements of molasses, pine and spruce. The spruce element can be a bit overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2006
via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a dark brown color with a good size tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is very spicey - nutmeg. The flavor is mellow compared to the aroma. Flavor is mainly nutmeg with some dark roasted malt to back it. Has a thin palate with a slight lingering aftertaste. Light to medium body. Thanks Richard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Bottle. Deep molasses color. Limited, sudsy foam. Aromatic nutmeg scent on first inhale - presumably conjuring thoughts of egg nog. Malty flavour with hints of cinnamon in taste. Rich, even finish and tingling, numbness to the throat and nostrils. Happy Holidays, indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (3783) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2006
Dark brown color with a medium tan head. Combines maltiness with spices and nuts. Very complex beer with a medium / full body and some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Another dissapeared rating: 2005 vintage. Body is a dark brown with an 1/8th inch light tan head. Aroma is heavy caramel, along with nutmeg, cinnamon, and light chocolate malt. Taste is caramel with the initial spice present, little nutty with hazelnut.

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