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RATINGS: 2101   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 From bottle on 12/12/12. 2012 vintage. Notes of spice and holiday gingerbread cookies. Finishes very smooth, with a molasses aftertaste. 2013 vintage from bottle 12/3/13. Deep dark brown color. Aroma is clove, roasted malt, nutmeg. Taste is spiced malt, a hint of pine, and some molasses and licorice. Light mouthfeel and spiced, lightly bitter finish. From bottle on 12/2/14. 2014 vintage. This year’s taste profile has some vanilla, pine, clove, cocoa nib, and some serious spice. Finishes with a note of chai.


3.4
alvaro78 (640) - Sevilla, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2017
Aromas a tostado y canela y cacao Bien aspecto caoba oscuro espuma persistente En boca compleja cacao torrefacto y especiada ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
ironcontra (493) - ATL, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2017
kinda watery, but then a weird miz of sweet tart and somewhat bitter at end. licorice, cocacola, spices

3.5
AcctError487384 (90) - - DEC 11, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2017 medium mokka coloured head, black coloured body, fruity pine tree peach like smell, some sweet malts brett yeasts like taste dark malts chocolat like taste

3.5
hrabren (1687) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 11, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2017 0.33 l bottle shared with Anna Bog. Thanks! Dark brown, lasting small tan head. Spicy aromas, roasty, nutty, chocolate. Dry. Nice use of spices. Medium body, moderate carbonation, light finish. Tasty.

4.4
PugUglyBrewer (811) - - DEC 10, 2017
Black in color with a dark reddish brown hue. A calico colored head of creamy foam on top. A perfect blend of wintery spices like cinnamon, clove, and dried citrus fruit. Drinks like a black IPA with some roasted barley and a perfect finishing pine forest hop revelation. Christmas on a dreary night is what this ale speaks of. Beautiful, dank, and dark.

4.4
deepdrinker (318) - Leeds, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 Pours jet black with a browny white head. Nut and spice aroma. Coffee taste. Very nice ale

3.6
kajser27 (2065) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 7, 2017
Dark brown to black colored, medium+ frothy tan head, not all that lasting. Aroma is of malt, dark chocolate, roasty, spices, aniseed?, toasty, bit bready. Taste is medium sweet malt, chocolate and roasted malt, spices, toasty, some caramel, bready, licorice, light orange peel?, medium roasty bitterness, dryish finish. Medium bodied, soft+ carbonation, bit creamy.
(bottle 2017, Pivoteka, Zagreb)

2.7
ghostbeer (250) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 7, 2017
I thought this was a very nice winter seasonal. The warm spices and the rich base beer worked together well. I got lots of clove and some allspice which made me want pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce to go with it.

2.9
thejackpacker (681) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget. Aroma is deep and thick but no overall master flavour. The apperance, dark with a lovely stout like coffee style fizz. The taste is much darker than most christmas ales, more like a stout. Smoke, dark malts, burnt wood charcol. Not a massive fan of this ale/stout hybrid flavour.

3.4
williamlantz (57) - - DEC 3, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2017 2017: Dark, almost black colour with a tan head. Aroma: liquorice, some caramel, malt, earthy notes, some wood and spices. Taste: liquorice, salt, roasted malt, plums, a little cacao, some sweetness.


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