RATINGS: 2068   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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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hopmaestro (1440) - rebro, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
2014 version: aroma is raisins dipped in toffee sauce with malts and dusty hops. Taste contains figs, raisins and slight nutmeg. Its really weak in the taste, and disappears really quick in the aftertaste. Dusty hop profile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (2680) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 27, 2015
Couleur noire, bonne mousse beige. Nez caramel, malt toast et chocolat avec notes houblon lgrement fruit. Gout malt noir, malt tourb, caramel cuit, reglisse fraiche, pices avec note grille et baton de rglisse en fin de bouche. Bon corps. Superbe pour 5.5c

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (1078) - truckee, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Big roasted flavors to the nose. Deep dark brown with light head but lasting head. Really smooth intro fades to a slight spice in the finish. Good doesnt get you too Christmasy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gangstergafje (828) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
This beer is a true christmas and new year special. When i think of a beer for this period, I think of a dark heavy strong beer. This beer definitely has the looks of a dark heavy strong beer. The color of the beer is dark brown, almost black, on first sight. When seen with a light behind it, a beautiful ruby red color is revealed. Lovely. The beer has a nice smell. The smell is quite strong and very special. At first, I smell a little roasted barley aroma, together with a nice licorice and anise aroma. After a lot of sniffs, the smell started to remind me of HP sauce or brown source. Both the sauce and this beer have a bittersweet smokey aroma, with a little sour touch of vinegar. This little sourness is nice, but i definitely need to get used to it. It is quite special, and I dont really know if I have ever tried a beer like this. The taste is pretty much the same as the taste. I taste the same roasted barley flavor and the licorice/anise flavor. There is also this HP sauce flavor, but not as strong as in the smell. Again, the little sourness is something i need to get used to, but it is quite nice. The beer has a nice amount of gas in it. The bitterness of the smell in combination with the bass give a nice mouth sensation. A nice christmas beer indeed.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dawsemeister (38) - - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle of 2015 - dark brown pour with a decent head and faint aromas of sweet tobacco and sherry. It is quite thin and carbonated in the mouth like a dark lager, with some dark sugar notes, but doesn't really pack enough punch to deliver the festive flavours it promises... There is also a metallic aftertaste that detracts a bit - I have had this in previous years and enjoyed it much more, so maybe this was just a weaker batch. Not bad, but not great; will look forward to a return to form in 2016.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ctplt777 (502) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2015 Interesting beer. Lots of fig, plums, and molasses in the aroma. Very chewy and sweet. It tastes like a big oatmeal raisin cookie. Lots of sweetness, with bit hints of molasses, chocolate, nutmeg and spice. Not quite a stout but totally full of complexity and flavor. Definitely a great holiday beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1335) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Dark pour, two fingers of nice tan head. Nose is dark fruit and spice. Bittersweet. Middle is woody, spice, and dark malt with a medium mouth feel. Finish is unsweetened coco. Not flashy, but delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (350) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Pours a dark brown color with excellent lacing. Has very nice head retention as well. Tastes malty and of the usual winter spices. A nice Xmas beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (3171) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
Pours dark brown with a medium frothy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, spiced bread, molasses, fudge, cardamom, cloves, burnt chestnuts. Taste is quite roasted, spicy and aromatic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axl (662) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2015
355ml bottle, 2015 version. Almost black with tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malts, cardamon, christmas spices, sweet black bread and cocoa. Taste is slightly medicinal herbal, black bread, classical Christmas spices, coffe and slightly burnt roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation and roasted herbal aftertaste.


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