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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 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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - OCT 31, 2008
2007. Very strong and complex spicy nose, fresh of some herb I can’t figure out, perhaps cardamom as Ungstrup suggests, some chocolate, rhubarb, piney. Too bad has so thin a palate. Dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
12 oz. bottle. pours a very dark mahogany with a fluffy beige head that dissipates quickly. Malty aroma with some pine and berries. Flavor is some burnt maltiness, cinnamon, more pine and hints of berries. Finish is an unusual bitterness and maybe some cloves. Medium bodied and a bit too carbonated.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
dark brown with a tan head. aroma green pine. flavor weak bitter pine. finish bitter mild spice and pine. watery fizzy mouthfeel. not good. almost a drain pour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
2007 bottle, exp 1 - 1/2 months ago ... Smells just like the Brooklyn winter ale I had yesterday, nice and winter ale spicy but not too asaulting on the nose like I expect of winter ale. Very dark, you need a bright light behind it to see the red. Nice head on pour. The full malt flavour takes a moment or two to really set in the flavour and then the spices become more noticable. Quite mellow, I suspect due the to age of this bottle. A bit too easy on the smooth side of the palate, I had expected a bit more bubbles but again I suspect the age to be the culprit. Id expect at least 0.3 more point for a proper bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (486) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Poured from bottle to lager glass a bottle brown with huge tan head that lasted. Plenty of tan lace. Aroma was a wonderful spice infused malt that was not overbearing. Really a nice change from the pumpkin spice bombs of the fall. There were notes of spice, vanilla, malt, and clove in the taste. Well done and something that changes a bit year to year and I look foward to it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Pinecones, cloves, cinnamon nose. Pine, sweet taste with plenty of spice. Finishes with bittersweet chocolate, some tartness. Smells and tastes like christmas. However a Florida christmas smells like tequila, vomit, and pork. Brew that up next year.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Poured an attractive dark brown with slightly off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma is a bit spicy and also malty. Taste was okay, nothing really stood out to me, except there seems to be a mint flavored finish to it. Beer is very smooth and easy to drink, but the flavor is just not really my cup of tea. Not bad, but I have to say Im a little disappointed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Poured reddish/dark brown with tan head, left some nice lacing. Aroma is great, very malty, with hints of brown sugar and spice. Smells better than it tastes. Not bad tasting, but promised more from the aroma. Taste is roasted malt, somewhat porter/stout-like. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery. Pretty good, but aroma made a promise that the flavor didnt follow through with!

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Deep Dark Brown, not quite black but pretty darn close. THe head is big and foamy with a pinkish tint. Very little aroma. The nose is very lite, not much in the way of hops. But it peeks to a nice mellow malty flavor. There are traces of nutmeg, and coffee. Very unique. A pretty good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Pours a dark brown-almost black color with thick, foamy and dark head. Spicy aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of raisin and gingerbread. Very spicey ale but with very little hoppiness or malt for that matter. Very slight caramel maltiness in the back, but it mostly tastes like gingerbread. Not a bad beer, but its lack of beer character makes it rather one-dimensional.


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