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RATINGS: 2042   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 Aleís 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.

Editorís 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JanEric (1166) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle 2014 merry Christmas. Reddish brown, minimal head. Liquorice in aroma and taste, herbs, and sweets. Strange brew, itís like a bit oxidated, some cherry or madera like flavours. not good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (908) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Poured from bottle 2015 dark brown with a nice cocoa color head. Aromas of licorice dark chocolate and spice. Taste is caramel spice and a slightly thin mouth feel with a nice roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloshgator (663) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Anchor Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2015 is one great present. Dark pour with a thick off-white head that lasts. Aroma of caramel. Taste is spices and caramel with a smooth finish. Very tasty. Get this gift while it lasts!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maarten1993 (824) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2016
Drank 27-1 in Malden with Marieke (working on my new yearís resolutions ;)). Taste is fine, pretty complex. Has a nice finish, winterbeer like. Bit thin though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lello4ever (512) - ITALY - JAN 25, 2016
Si presenta ambra molto scuro con riflessi rossi. Schiuma beige compatta non molto persistente. Al naso caramello, spezie, dark fruits. Gusto speziato, tostato e ingresso secco. Corpo e carbonazione medi. Interessante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matty (328) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
12 oz. 2011 bottle tasted on 2016-01-22. Pours a deep ruby red color with a finger thick tan head. Aroma is heavy of spices, wood and a little bit of alcohol. Medium body, taste is interesting. A combination of malt and spice but I canít put my finger on just one thing. Finish is more of the same. A complex beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
woodychevy (810) - - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle shared. Just odd in every way. Some debate as to whether bottle is infected and itís a drain pour. Spice and fake wood notes dominate. Malt profile is somewhat sweet but oddly bitter finish. Did not drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (890) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Donít know how to rate this since it changes every year and I know itís been different in the past (and thought I rated it). This is the 2015 version. Very dark brown with malty, woody aromas and an extremely tenacious foamy tan head. A bit of charred malt and light dark and semi-sweet chocolate in the flavor. Medium bodied and a bit watery. Nice roasty finish. Not the best version, but still a tasty winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2893) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. 2015 brown bottle poured into a glass. Opaque dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is nice spice, medium body, low carbonation, and some small-bubble lacing. Taste is caramel malt, spice, some and herbal hops. Classic rich tasting brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (1265) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Dark pour with a thin head. Aroma is light with a little spice and grain. Medium bodied. Taste has some spice to it. Yeasty finish. A little chocolate as well.

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