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RATINGS: 2124   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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3.5
michcam8 (585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a light black with little head. Reminds me of a Belgian dark beer. Fruity flavor and aroma,some spice. No detection of alcohol. Taste was missing a little bit compared to the aroma. $12.00 a six pack is a little overpriced for the quality. Not bad, but does not stand out.

3.2
jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Draft at Beer Exchange. Pours muddy brown with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate, burnt hay. Taste is spicy - clove, coriander, grape must. Too spicy for my personal tastes.

3.2
dmschefke (583) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Pours a deep dark brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly, but stays around after that. Aroma is majorly spicy, bready, yeast, cocoa, and tree nuts. Flavor matches well, but almost tastes thin and spicy as hell. There is a familiar taste in the aftertaste that I can’t quite place, but it is sure bugging the crap out of me. Anyway, solidly mediocre.

4
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2005
On tap. Pours a dark chestnut brown with some deep reds. Very nice. Aroma is dark molasses, nutty, earthy, slightly sweet. Taste is medium sweet with lots of spices. Nutmeg, cinnimon, bitter orange, dark malts, slight roast. Very interesting. Very good.

3.8
chimpgibbon (577) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
2014. One of my earliest good beer experiences in 2010. Anyway enough nostalgia. This is a little over spiced, or under malted. Either way it’s trying to be bold without any trousers on. It’s still great though, just a little more booze and something to tame and have a comforting hand on the shoulder. Nice lacing.

3
BlackEyePA (574) - USA - JAN 27, 2013
Not bad. The aroma wasnt really there but what I got was wet dog and barley. Appearance was ok, brown-copper color with thin head. Taste was good, it had caramel roast and cereal with hops fining out the mix. Palate is malty with a hair of hop on the tongue and a lil spice. Overall pretty good, not what I expected from a christmas style beer, but def a good xmas session beer.

4.2
Shot (573) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
The 2013 pours dark brown with a rocky beige head. Aromas are chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, orange peel and hops. Upfront malty flavor with dark chocolate, spice, and raisin. Slight apple and licorice finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Another great brew and year from Anchor!

3.6
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2010
Very dark brown with that nice reddish hint against the lights and a fantastic head, big and lightly tanned and very solid and dense. Aroma is heavy on the nutmeg and almonds, along with some ginger, clove and other spices, making it christmasy indeed, but with a twist. Spices are almost pungent and with a bit earthiness that is not really to my liking. It is a special ale indeed.

4.1
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Dark brown/mahogany color with a thin head. Aromas of cola, spruce, juniper,eucalyptus, sassafras, rootbeer,wintergreen, dark berries, and earthy spices. Great flavor with nice bitterness, spice, roasted malt, and flavors akin to what was found in the aroma. Great mouthfeel--rich and hearty but not too thick. Very well balanced with a tiny touch of sweetness just before a long herbaceous finish.

4.2
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle. This blew me away! I don’t know how people have rated it lower. This ale is a unique and tasty original, and the second I tasted it, I wished I’d bought a case months ago. Not sure if I’m going to be able to find anymore this late in the year (Feb.). The aroma was a yeasty cinnamon that reminded me of french toast. The dark brown pour produced a foamy head that faded to a nice white ring. The palate was a creamy smooth medium body, and the taste was a complex mix of a malty dough front that faded into a strong caramel finish with hints of chocolate.


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