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RATINGS: 2110   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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3.4
dynamiteninja (1864) - 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
Sarlacc83 (2287) - 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 wouldn’t let it go any farther before consuming lest it fall apart.

3.4
madnorwegian (232) - 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
mgajdaczewa (2144) - 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
Estebanik (1133) - 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 owoców. 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 odpowiedników.

3.4
Mr_Pink_152 (5004) - 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.

3.4
benpickens (512) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours inky black with frothy coffee colored head; tobacco and dark chocolate on the nose; spicy hoppy finish.

3.4
fombe89 (3445) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 3, 2017
Botella de @Vivalabirra, Oviedo 02/01/2017 BBD:08/18 Color negro, sabor especiado, notas tostadas, cuerpo medio.
Earlier Rating: 12/11/2016 Total Score: 3.8
Botella, 09/12/16 Como Marry Chrismas 2015. BBD: 2017 Color marron oscuro, aromas especiados, sabor dulce especiadada, rica.

3.4
jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Bottle. Pours a brown color with white head. Brown sugar, molasses, slight spice, slight banana aromas. Molasses, slight spice, slight banana, slight caramel malt flavors. As always, a solid beer, but a style that I’m gradually moving away from.

3.3
Kevin (2199) - Montana, 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. i’m glad the seaonals are here.


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