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RATINGS: 2090   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
TEJA (3262) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2010
The 2010 vintage, Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Brown semi lasting foam. Dark mahogny color. Very spicy aroma with oranges. The spices also dominates the taste together with some citrus/ orange taste. Sweet and christmas like beer.

3.4
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - DEC 5, 2010
2010 ale. Pours blackish with a brown head. Heavy ginger aroma. Medium-heavy body, you get a roasted malts and spices dominate the palate. Good brew.

3.4
beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pours very deep ruby red with a full thick creamy head and beautiful lacing. The aroma is wonderful! Very reminiscent of a red wine, aromas of grapes, dates, plums, ginger bread, christmas spices like cinnamon and ginger. The taste is a little earthy and a touch of spice. The hops are notable closer to the finish giving a dry finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

3.4
neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
2010 vintage. 12 oz bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a tulip. Pours deep chestnut with a tall tan head. The head remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose is quite spicy, with ginger, cinnamon and cloves; there is also a significant roast malt component. The flavour is spicy up front, with cinnamon and ginger, following through with roasted malts and a hint of hops. The finish is long and spicy. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a reasonable beer, but a bit too spicy for my taste. Christmas spice dominates just a bit too much. 2010-12-30

3.4
gunnarolis (38) - Reykjavík, ICELAND - DEC 31, 2010
2010 Version from ÁTVR in Iceland. (Skútuvogur) Pours black, with reddish hue when held up to light. One finger tan head. Aroma is heavy malt, and some fruit. Plums and raisins. Anchor beers have a house flavor/aroma very well noticable in this brew. The mouthfeel is really thin. Carbonation is really suitable. The beer is a bit sour up front and finishes really dry with massive coffee and chockolate in the aftertaste. The roasted malt bitterness is well noticed.

3.4
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
2008 bottle. Pours a deep amber color a medium white head. Aromas are sweet mats, cherries, and caramel, much like a barley wine. The taste is thinner than the aroma led me to believe. It’s a light bodied beer with spices. It’s just OK.

3.4
esp0r (2930) - NORWAY - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle enjoyed outdoor on a nice summer evening
Dark brown, tanned head. Smells of fikus, raisins, nuts and christmas spices like cloves and ginger. Nice malty body, good sweetness. Much caramel in body that leads to a dry bitter finish. Nice feel.

3.4
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2012 - Single bottle from Total Wine. Very dark amber pour with a small tan head. Heavy lacing. A lot of vanilla and ginger in the aroma, along with some pine, citrus, and dough. Pretty heavy malt taste to start, then grass/pine, bread, bitter chocolate. Finishes with some cinnamon/ginger spice. Medium-bodied, low carbonation. Not bad, but wouldn’t keep me from reaching for a lot of other winter releases first.

3.4
kermis (14566) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle shared from ABC Beers. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of Christmas spices, nutmeg, dark fruits, Christmas pudding. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
Jriggz7 (122) - Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Dark brown slight ruby color. Nose of spice, and pine. Taste gingerbread cookies, figs, cinamon. Tasty christmas ale.


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