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RATINGS: 2104   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (3276) - 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 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2678) - - MAR 2, 2015
Toffee, gingerbread, licorice, hints of alcohol, bitter coffee finish. Does have most qualities of a classic xmas brew, but somehow a bit unbalanced, specially by Anchor standards.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (1147) - Bavaria, GERMANY - APR 22, 2015
2014 version. On draft and the 2 L bottle. Dark brown with one finger head. Aroma of pine, spices (nut meg). Really well done and different from the more cinnamon christmas beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (1120) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2015
2014 bottle, deep brown beer, good almond head, good lace. Aroma cinnamon, raisin, molasses, coffee. Taste is cinnamon, rootbeer, coffee, cloves. Palate a little light, but ok, carbonation nicely subdued. This should be mulled, I think, or done as a flip.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Samuel214 (916) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Flaska frn SB. Mrk rubinrd, brunsvart vtska med mrkbeieget halvt finger tjocker skum som lgger sig. Stsur och maltig doft av russin, torr choklad, hubba-bubba tuggummi, rglimpa, pumpernickel. ven en aning lakrits, kaffe och en nypa julkryddor. Medelstor, halvtorr kropp; inleder ngot strre fr att sedan lgga sig ganska kvickt. Kanske en aning fr mycket kolsyra. Ganska kraftig fr sin lga alkoholhalt. Inleds med kaffe, fudge och en del mrkrostade toner - grnsar nstan till en stout! Kanske en aning ekfat och enbr. Stman tillbakahllen i jmfrelse med aromen. Efterbeskan r frmst kaffe. Helt ok!

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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjogro (3576) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2015
2013. Bottle from Van Alsem. 2013. Lots of spices, piney, coffee, cocoa. A bit watery and bitter. Backlog from 2014/03/11.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (2081) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle. A- Chocolate covered cherries, black licorice, spices, dry cocoa. A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, light brown head. T-Light tobacco, black licorice, chocolate, dark cherries, spices. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, rich dry finish. O- Not what I wanted it to be but as it changes each year I guess expectations have to change with it. At points, it seemed to lack any aroma or flavor at all and felt dry and musty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (2053) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 6, 2016
Dark brown color with ruby hints, frothy brown head. Aroma has fermented fruits, dark sugar and molasses. Taste is also fruity but without the fermented part. Really balanced, just the finish is slightly bitter and roasty. Body and carbonation are medium. Overall its an easy drinking, tasty winter ale.


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