RATINGS: 2071   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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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
6ROW (461) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2009
# 34 2008. dark brown almost black pour with med 3 finger light brown head (good lacing). smokey and sweet malt aroma. warming taste of dark roasted malt with slight bitter after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (460) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Pours a brownish black with a tannish head. CHristmas like aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon, and gingerbread. Taste is much the same. A quafable x-mas ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braastad (459) - FINLAND - MAR 23, 2013
Dark red, almost black beer. Creamy head that lingers. Great beer, lots of berries, blackcurrant?

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
mintzmeet (457) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
dark branchy color. mellow spicy aroma. full bodied in flavor, but not texture. pops with a bit of juniper. Christmas spices with dark sugar and ginger biscuit

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanuta06 (457) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2014
2014 Serving: from bottle--purchased at The Beer Junction. Aroma: moderate malt and floral aroma. Appearance: very small, light-brown initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Dark-red/light-brown body. Taste: lightly sweet initial flavor and lightly sweet, roasty finish with average duration. Palate: medium bodied with watery texture and lively carbonation. Overall: okay.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Pours a dark copper color with small hints of amber peeking through when held to light. A finger of light tan head frothed up quickly, then the lacing stuck around on the sides of the lager glass. The scent was of brown sugar, malt, dried fruit and spice. A hint of cinnamon and brown sugar came across up front with some sticky molasses , nutmeg and dried fruit to finish. I am glad to have tried this, but wouldnt search out a six pack.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
darrennelson12 (455) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
In bottle (2012); nice beer. Pours a dark brown, very think head ... taste of cocoa and some caramel, and spicy notes coming out as it warms up. Not quite in the class as Belgium Christmas ales but a good beer none the less ... I would buy again for sure

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (455) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
2013 bottle. Dark ruby. Different to earlier years w more pronounced spruce or some other similar notes. Good solid Xmas beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is an ale I look forward to every year. This is dark and malty and perfect in the cold. This is great looking and smells amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (452) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Deep reddish brown pour out of the giant bottle, with a sudsy, tan head. Aromas of malt and spices. Flavor is a bit of the same, with some funk mixed in, but nothing too off putting. Damn, this is a big ass bottle.


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