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RATINGS: 2107   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 Ale’s 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.

Editor’s 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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3.3
Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, 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.

4
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Super complex very spicey sweet but balanced like a mulled wine almost, excellent complex beer for this %.

2.9
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Purchased at Liquor Lodge in Menomonee Falls. Opaque with a big tan head. Smells spiced, like mulled cider. I can smelll anise too, along with some hops. The flavor is black liquorice candy (Good N Plenty) and ginger. I’m not a big fan of this one. To be fair, it is a winter seasonal from 2005 that I’m first drinking in August of 06. It may have gone bad?

3.4
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Nice red color, small head. Herb and sage also kind of salmoniac and Jägermeister nose and taste. Long lasting.

3.4
rcmatthews (10) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 Aroma is like Christmas. Cinnamon and clove especially. Had this wishing it was Christmas time (its too hot!!!!) and got exactly what I was looking for. THere is however, something lacking in the flavor component. Its not that it tastes bad, its just not incredible. There is a nice gingerbread like aftertaste

3.8
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Very dark with massive aroma. Smell such as clove, molasses, cinnimon,pine, and ginger are very noticable. The taste is malty and very spicey. Not something I would drink all the time, but good around the holidays.

3.5
MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Very nice and powerful malty aroma. Very nice, dark brown colour. Very small head. Malty flavour, a bit of a citric note. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice, but the citric notes give me a feeling of beer brewed on maize.

3.4
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Aroma is fruity with plenty of spices - an interesting blend of piney hops and clove and ginger. Taste is raisin/plum, gingerbread, and a bit of roasty chocolate near the end along with some spruce.

3.9
Dogbrick (12912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 <b>2005 Magnum:</b> Deep dark brown color with a little red around the edges, with a thick beige head that retains well. Patchy lacing. Aroma of malt and pine, as well as some dark fruits. Pleasant flavor of roasted malts, spices (ginger mostly), and pine. The finish is spicy with some hops and a bit of chocolate. Solid, as with pretty much every year. It doesn’t seem like Anchor ever does anything too drastic to the recipe but that is fine.

<b>2006 Bottle:</b> This year’s version (sampled Oct 2007) is a dark reddish-brown color with a medium light beige head that dissipates pretty quickly. Speckled lacing. Spicy, malty aroma with some herbs. Medium, smooth body with nutmeg, fruit and earthy malt flavors. The finish is mildly spiced and short. Not quite as good as the previous year but still enjoyable. .

<b>2007 Bottle:</b> This year’s version (sampled Feb 2008) is dark mahogany with a thick beige head that lasts awhile. Pine and spices in the nose. Medium-bodied and smooth with pine, herbal hops and spice flavors. The finish is moderately bitter hops and leaves a dark fruit and spice aftertaste. Par for the course with previous years. .

<b>2008 Bottle:</b> Sample at the holiday beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 11/13/08. Pours dark brown with a medium khaki head that diminishes slowly. Stringy lacing. Aroma of malt and circus peanuts, plus some pine. Medium body with flavors of sweet malt and pine along with ginger and cinnamon. The finish is lightly spiced with a sweet aftertaste. Seems to have fallen off compared to past years.

3.3
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2006
very dark brown colour and a big creamy beige head; a ton of spices (as usual for those Anchor Christmas beers): cloves and ginger dominate; notes gingerbread; oily and medium-bodied; high carbonation, dryish spicy finish where some chocolaty notes appear - rich and tasty but not quite the way I like it


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