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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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2010
2008 magnum, dark brown with a fluffy tan head, aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor is deep sticky maltiness with a nice piney hop and then spices like all spice, nutmeg, etc. Nice and Christmasy tasting, one of my fave Christmas beers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
2015 version out of bottle from brewers droop, Bristol. pours deep dark ruby with an orange brown thick persistent head. Aroma is warming with doughy spice like light cinnamon, there is an earthy character against the soft roast nature and possibly spruce notes. The flavour has a dry, nutty roast/char flavour which is balanced by a silky texture. There are subtle spice notes here. Toward the back of the tongue there is a liquorice flavour reminiscent of my early homebrew but much cleaner and later,, some doughyness is perceived in the flavour. Overall, some great flavours and certainly a multifaceted beer though i would say the dough character is somewhat overwhelming some other aspects of the beer. Very nice, though.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
This is a 12 oz bottle from the 2013 batch. I havent had the others so cant comment in comparison. Pours out a dark brown with a chocolate head that reminds me of many porters Ive had, but with slight red tint. Nice big pillowy foam. Even once the foam had gone away there wasnt much to the aroma to note, some roastiness and a little wine-like yeast stood out. Sweet with sort of a bittersweet chocolate fruityness. However the spices are very distracting, its like accidentally getting all the spices youd use making gingerbread dough all up in your nose. Very light mouthfeel with a surprisingly strong alcohol flavor for 5.5%. Call me a grinch but I just aint digging these spiced winter seasonals.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Not a huge fan of this one. Pours a ruby-brown color with a very thin head. Cannot place aroma, almost like dried dates. Taste is slightly toffee-like with hints of spiciness that I cannot quite place. A fun beer to try once, but I probably wont be picking it up again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Just okay. I wanted to note that ratebeer totally pussed out by not including a separate 2005 and 2006 version of this beer, but merely has 2005 and later. Way to mail it in, ratebeer. If its a different beer every year, we should honor it, even if it is only half-assed. Enjoy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Without a doubt, I feel warmly filled with the Christmas spirit after drinking this delicious spiced beer despite it being mid-February. Dark mahogany pour with decent beige head, this winter beer hits the drinker with a sweet mixture of spices (cinnamon? toffee? someone suggested pumpkin) I noticed a strong chocolate presence as well. Very smooth spiced beer that finishes well.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
wihlan (403) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
Flaska frn systemet - Doftar verkligen jul och lite parfym. Frgen pminner om julmust och med vitt skum. Har en tydlig smak av jul med men tyvrr smakar den parfym med.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kanaclane (403) - - JAN 1, 2016
Nez: Malt fum, chocolat, cannelle Bouche: Chocolat, fume, fruits noirs, cannelle, pice Rien de transcendant mais elle est vraiment trs agrable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Brownish/black body with large tan head. Coffee nose with a touch of chocolate and alcohol. Light - medium bodied. Coffee flavors are balanced by elements of cinamon, clove, nutmeg, roasted nuts, and finishes with a gentle lasting hop bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
On tap at UPick6 in Erie PA. Aroma is.... gingerbread? and other spices such as cinnamon, brown sugar, light molasses, malty, some dark fruits underneath. Every year "IS" different. This is better than last years. Flavor is, ginger, cinnamon, somewhat sweet, caramel malt, brown sugar, some hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering sweet and spiced aftertaste. Carbonation is up there, prickly, medium body. Very nice. I would like to find a 6 pack of this.


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