RATINGS: 2071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3048) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 12 oz. 2005 bottle, rated "live." Very promising start. Opens with a sweet smell of cinnamon, vanilla, raspberries and mulling spices. Pours a deep ruby red with a ocher head. Taste is a heady melange of spices, with nothing dominating. I can point out impressions of sassafras, orange peel, nut roast malts, red wine, ginger, nutmeg, maybe the slightest hint of red pepper. What hops I find help tilt it to the earthy side. A fine festive brew, light on alcohol as holiday beers go, for the enjoyment of all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donandres (475) - , Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle 1.5L poured to wine glass Appearance: Amber with medium off white head, minimal lacing Aroma: Malty Taste: Bitter, very good follow through Mouthfeel: creamy, a bit over carbonated Overall: Very good beer drank: 1/8/2017

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Manslow (1345) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Butelka 355ml. Alk 6,5% z 2016roku. Kolor ciemny, nieprzejrzysty, piana solidna trzyma się dobrze ale mogłaby trochę dłużej.Aromat mocny, lukrecja oraz wszystkie aromaty piernika, smakuje wyśmienicie, wysycenie bardzo dobre, słodkie w smaku, bardzo dobre piwo chociaż nie przepadam za edycjami świątecznymi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llucmaduell (211) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 23, 2017
A beer of understanding I have not finished or not finished dagradar MHA. I found the little balanced, long way in the mouth, low density water, little gas. A beer correct but does not repeat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drjohnrock (758) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Twelve ounce bottle of the 2016 edition at my nieces house (thanks, Darci) on December 24, 2016. Almost opaque ruby/brown color, nice sweet/spicy aroma with some earthy notes, fine flavor like the nose but with what tastes like a liquefied spruce tree (in a good way) thrown in. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JuanFlk80 (195) - SPAIN - JAN 6, 2017
Botella 33cl Tercer Tiempo Tienda (Santander) Sabor tirando a caramelo, muy especiada y bastante alcoholica para la graduacin

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
simontomlinson (149) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Light beige head soon left a cover on a near black still body. Sweet nutty aroma. Medium body feel, well carbonated - clean on the palate. This has lots of malts, nutty flavours, spice, hints of cinnamon - tangy on the back. Good Christmas flavours. 2016 Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (1038) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin beige sift foamy head. Aroma is of caramel, dark fruits, raisins, figs, nuts, warm spices, ginger. Taste is of caramel, figs, raisins, blackcurrant, toffee, ginger, plum, nutmeg. Soft foamy mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cinek (179) - POLAND - DEC 29, 2016
butelka. czarne, bez refleksw, średnio obfita drobnopęcherzykowa piana utrzymująca się do końca picia. aromat: będzie słodko! lukrecja, brązowy cukier, piernik, ciemne słody. w smaku pełne, ale nie ulepkowate, nasycenie w punkt, słodycz dominuje. mega dobra edycja16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
borre_m (1417) - NORWAY - DEC 25, 2016
Pours clear dark brown. Aroma is malty, sweet, spicy, fruity. Taste is sweet, malty, slightly fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4362) - 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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