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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 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (1110) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1844) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle. Loose mocha head. Deep mahogany body. Oak, cinnamon, sour cherry, black male, brown sugar, pine, yeast. Belgian style bittersweet. Dry finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/23/2011 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle. 2011 vintage. Reddish brown with a medium tan head. Rich red fruits, malt, alcohol, spice, nutmeg, gingerbread, treacle, licorice, red wine. Sweetish, not really any bitterness. Dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (2197) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madnorwegian (203) - FRANCE - DEC 14, 2016
Really enjoyed this one. Often Xmas brews are too boozy and sweet. This one has malty fruitiness but also nice crisp bitterness. A good one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgajdaczewa (1982) - Katowice, POLAND - DEC 19, 2016
W aromacie goździki, pierniki, imbir, świątecznie na podwalinie ciasteczkowego słodu lekko wpadającego w czekoladę z orzechami. W smaku podobnie, przyprawowo, goździkowo, świątecznie, raczej niezbyt słodko, dobre proporcje i pijalność. Udane.
Earlier Rating: 12/16/2013 Total Score: 3
Bardzo ładny piernikowy aromat, niezbyt słodki, poparty palonym słodem. Ale w smaku... kompot z suszonych śliwek, taki wigilijny. A ja tego smaku nienawidzę. Będąc rzetelnym smak dość oryginalny, wytrawne, stosunkowo lekkie jak na piwo zimowe. Uberświąteczne piwo.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Estebanik (1040) - 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
Jyrsa (723) - - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown with small head. Molasses, dark malt, herbs, red fruit. Tart with berries, apple, malt. Long, sour finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4597) - 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.


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