RATINGS: 2101   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodsquad (117) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle from Fountainhall Wines. Pours dark, dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Smells of sweet malt and demerara sugar. A treacle-sweet taste with mild bittering malt. Moments of caramel. It has a smooth silky mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. This is a sweet, easy drinking brown ale. Nice and mellow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cinek (183) - POLAND - DEC 29, 2016
butelka. czarne, bez refleksw, średnio obfita drobnopęcherzykowa piana utrzymująca się do końca picia. aromat: będzie słodko! lukrecja, brązowy cukier, piernik, ciemne słody. w smaku pełne, ale nie ulepkowate, nasycenie w punkt, słodycz dominuje. mega dobra edycja16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
darbeer75 (764) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Aroma: lots of malt, molasses, with a little nutmeg and ginger; basically smells like a christmas cookie Appearance: extremely dark amber with creamy offwhite head that lingers; Taste: follows nose with a little too much spice; needs a bit more malt and hop to counterbalance; Palate: medium body with long, spicy finish; Overall: okay but probably wont get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlong1965 (12) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Not too much aroma but nothing bad, some caramel. Taste rich toast and bread with some sweetness. Poured real dark with good tan head. Finished caramel like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (491) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours inky black with frothy coffee colored head; tobacco and dark chocolate on the nose; spicy hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6721) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2016
1.5 liter magnum bottle shared by my brother-in-law, thanks Scott! Dark brownish with beige head. Aromas of malt, toasty notes, caramel. Tastes of nutty notes, caramel, malt, slight dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
borre_m (1420) - NORWAY - DEC 25, 2016
Pours clear dark brown. Aroma is malty, sweet, spicy, fruity. Taste is sweet, malty, slightly fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6517) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2016
From a giant bottle, shared with friends. Dark and stout-like, hinting a lurking monster. The baseline is a definitive rich roast and darkly toasted grain. Then theres an artistic layer of Christmas spices, a bit of nutmeg, maybe a little cinnamon. (#6471, 12/24/2016)
Earlier Rating: 1/3/2010 Total Score: 3.1
2009 version, bottled. Dark and murky with an oozing head of tight foam. The aroma is intriguing -- spicy, yet belying a sweet cooked sugar underbelly. This drinks with an equally odd counter balance of a super-sweet base, tinged with tickles of herbs and spices. I think now I ought to have laid this down for a while. (#3785, 1/3/2010)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4378) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle from Real Ale Store, Newark. Deep ruby to black colour with tan head. Stewed fruity aroma and and taste. Thick body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (8543) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 23, 2016
Tap at Cherry Reds, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is grainy malt, crisp alcoholic red berry fruit, some yeast. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich, smooth, sweet fruit, hop bitter, light alcohol, light spice palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A real heart warming Christmas ale.
Earlier Rating: 12/20/2014 Total Score: 3.4
Tap at The Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Poured a reddish brown with a frothy white head and some broken lace. The aroma is rich spicy over ripe red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a light veggie mineral light fruit palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

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