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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4447) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2017
15 Jan 2016, bottle. dark brown and foamy head. nose is dark brown banana bread. med body and mildly fizzy. banana bread up front, banana lingers, burnt dark bread comes out toward the end. sweet up front and mildly bitter at the end. nice.
Earlier Rating: 4/18/2011 Total Score: 3.4
27 Nov 2014, bottle. 2014 vintage. dark ruby. nose is spiced up front with caramel malt backbone. med body and fizzy. has a very burnt malt element, there is a sharp spice i cant place. decent. (7 3 7 3 14 = 3.4) 16 nov 2013, bottle. 2013 vintage. Dark ruby/brown. Nose is gingerbread. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Ginger and lightly toasted molasses cookies. Nice. (7 3 7 3 14 = 3.4) 5 Dec 2011, bottle. 2011 vintage. dark ruby, clear, no bubbles, thin foamy head. aroma is ginger and toast. not as gingery as 2010, nor is there as much chocolate. but it does seem quite similar. med body and fizzy. ginger is there but not as prominent even as in the aroma. there is a tart/teeth on edge malty flavor, and some burnt toast. just okay. 28 Nov 2010, bottle. 2010 vintage. (9 3 8 3 15 = 3.8) dark ruby brown colour, clear w/ a couple bubbles. great ginger nose w/ some spicy (ginger) kick. wow! i like this. a ginger beer w/ a dark chocolate element. thin/med body and too fizzy and needs more alcohol. i like that ive never had a beer like this before. ginger and dark chocolate. awesome!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (2452) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle Aroma-caramel, honey Appearance-black, hazy, tan foam, Taste-medium bitterness, medium sourness, light sweetness, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
suurjuust (3282) - ESTONIA - JAN 13, 2017
355ml bottle. Dark brown beer, small beige head. Nose is cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mild roast. Flavor is similar ti the nose, but with more cinnamon and cloves, some malty acidity and chocolate notes. Fairly dry finish. Lighter palate than expected, but its also less interesting than expected. Its not bad or anything, just lacks that certain je ne sais quoi.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrumpy369 (680) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle at home. Deep brown almost black colour small brown head disscipates fast. Nose is faint banana, clowes, and other spices i cant wrap my head around. Taste is spicey, low bitterness low sweetness, spices and banana in the aftertaste. Fast finish. Light body. Nice banabread like desertbeer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JuanFlk80 (220) - SPAIN - JAN 6, 2017
Botella 33cl Tercer Tiempo Tienda (Santander) Sabor tirando a caramelo, muy especiada y bastante alcoholica para la graduacin

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Kensington High Street, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty, spice, Christmas cake aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, spice, Christmas cake, cinnamon, slightly sweet. This was very enjoyable indeed. Ive had many of these over the years and have never been blown away but the 2016 version is very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (3399) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Bottle. Pours a brown color with white head. Brown sugar, molasses, slight spice, slight banana aromas. Molasses, slight spice, slight banana, slight caramel malt flavors. As always, a solid beer, but a style that Im gradually moving away from.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fombe89 (3108) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 3, 2017
Botella de @Vivalabirra, Oviedo 02/01/2017 BBD:08/18 Color negro, sabor especiado, notas tostadas, cuerpo medio.
Earlier Rating: 12/11/2016 Total Score: 3.8
Botella, 09/12/16 Como Marry Chrismas 2015. BBD: 2017 Color marron oscuro, aromas especiados, sabor dulce especiadada, rica.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
simontomlinson (228) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Light beige head soon left a cover on a near black still body. Sweet nutty aroma. Medium body feel, well carbonated - clean on the palate. This has lots of malts, nutty flavours, spice, hints of cinnamon - tangy on the back. Good Christmas flavours. 2016 Bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (1234) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a beige head. Aroma and taste of roast, chocolate, nutmeg, Christmas spice. Good.


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