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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3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roger60 (212) - - DEC 26, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2016 Flaska SB Mnsters. Sequioa fantastiska trd har en liten i trdgrden. Luktar som efter ett regn i Kings canyon and Sequoia nat park. Blir inte ltt att vara objektiv hr...Riktig riktigt jull. Inte karamellmalt mm Funkar ej med choklad och osten fr vila sig. Vinner p att inte vara under 10 c. +3 p fr etiketten. Finns inga skogar att jmfra med.... 2016 (2015 som ocks dracks var 2014 pga SB-misstag). Nvl knns lite beskare n vanligt. Men vlbalanserad. ndrar inte betyget.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkska101 (1860) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
12 onz Bottle thx Heather and frank A: red fruits, dark caramel, licorice, brown sugar, minty/cinnamon app: dark brown beige head and excellent lacing t/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish. O: OK. Interesting aroma lacking some body/mouthfeel. I guess I prefer bigger Xmas beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (3043) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
355ml bottle at home. Somewhat reddish pale dark brown with a medium off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite bitter with some sweet tones. Malts, clove, caramel, brown sugar, some chocolate and red fruits. A decent winter brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RhetoricalAns (878) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2016
355 mL bottle. Dark brown pour bordering on black. couple fingers of light tan head, large uniform bubbles, reduces to to a thin ring / cap.Interesting aroma, spice, licorice and blueberries. Taste is more caramel and spice with a fairly strong roast bitter finish. Medium to fine carbonation with a thin body. The strong roast finish says sip but palate says gulp, otherwise pretty darn good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (2091) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2016
2006 bottle thanks to Douglas. A: Pure black with a cappuccino head. N: Cola, all-spice, pumpkin malt, minerality, oxidation, some toffee, and a good amount of clove. T: Sweet and a bit spicy. M: Medium body, no alcohol, soft carbonation. O: Still going. This has aged decently, though I wouldnt let it go any farther before consuming lest it fall apart.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Estebanik (890) - Lublin, POLAND - DEC 20, 2016
Piana znikoma, dość szybko ucieka. Kolor piwa wpada w brązowy, z rubinowymi przebłyskami. W aromacie grają nieokreślone przyprawy, trochę piernika, trochę więcej banana, troszkę czerwonych owocw. Jest przyjemnie, tylko, że niezbyt intensywnie. Wysycenie średnie do wysokiego, trochę denerwuje, bo sprawia, że piwo wydaje się bardziej wodniste i sprawia, że Special Ale traci na zawiesistości. Pustkę na finiszu zastępuje lekki karmel, a dalej czerwone owoce. Podczas dłuższego posiedzenie nasycenie oczywiście spada, a w piwie ujawnia się gumowata (jak w scotch ale), karmelowa słodowość. Pije się to na prawdę okej, fajna odskocznia od zawalonych przyprawami polskich odpowiednikw.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4203) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle from Real Ale Store, Newark. Deep ruby to black colour with tan head. Stewed fruity aroma and and taste. Thick body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2193) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 19, 2005
very dark almost black pour with a nice grey head. cinnamon cookie aroma with some maple syrup nutmeg is a major player here. first thing i noticed was not the flavor, but how thin this was. that surprises me. some bitter sweet cocoa floats around with some almond notes. nutmeg, and sugar cookie fill in the rest. im glad the seaonals are here.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13580) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 (12-6-05, draft) Clear mahogany body with creamy tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, nutmeg, some juniper, chocolate, cherry. Taste is medium sweet, nutmeg, cherry, grape, juniper, some molasses, light chocolate. Smooth medium body, very drinkable. Much better than my first time trying it. (7/4/7/4/14)

(11-27-05, bottle) Crystal clear dark red-brown body with nice tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutmeg, molasses. Taste is medium sweet, molasses, nutmeg, light earthy, caramel. Watery medium body, light stickiness. (5/5/6/3/11)


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