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RATINGS: 1830   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndrewMichaelZ (63) - - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle into small tulip. Pours a deep managing with a thick (almost creamy) mocha-colored head. Sweet malty notes on the nose with hints of raisin. Drinks with strong carbonation and a bit of roasty malts but overall uneventful. It does have that wintery vibe too it (especially on the finish) bit I'm not sure I'd reach for this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1408) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yy0pp (570) - - JUN 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2014 Botlle 33cl. Pours reddish dark brown with thick tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of spices and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (714) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
The pour produced a tall thick and creamy meringue like head. It was light tan in color and long lasting which made for lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Under the head lies a very deep dark liquid with dark burgundy hues. It has a nice aroma of nutty roasted malt with spices like clove and nutmeg. There is a firm hop presence as well that adds a spruce like pine character. There is a solid roasted barley and mildly sweet bready/nutty maltiness with a pleasant level of clove and nutmeg spice notes. This complemented and balanced by mellow hop bitterness and flavor notes of fresh cut spruce pine. The spice and piney notes linger on well into the slow fading finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (427) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2014 Anchor Christmas 2011: Sötét, barnásvörös színe van a tetején egy vastag, krémes és szűnni nem akaró, bézs színű habpaplannal, valamint fás, pörkölt és enyhén füstös aromája. Igen intenzív pörkölésű, határozottan füstös és erősen komlós ízvilág jellemzi, melyet megtámogat egy réteg étcsokoládé bársonyos jelenléte is. Anchor Our Special Ale 2013: A 2011-es verzióban emlékezetem szerint a pörkölt malátás jelleg domborodott ki, az idei főzet azonban már a fűszeres jegyek jelenlététől hangos mind illatában, mind ízében. Talán csak a színe maradt változatlan, egyébként pedig egy gyönyörű téli köntösbe öltöztetett, ánizsos illatokkal megspékelt, kerekded és édeskés, bársonyosan sima medvecukros zamatokkal átitatott itallá vált az idei évre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoptimusPrimed (54) - SPAIN - JUN 15, 2014
A nice winter ale with deep and complex flavours of nutmeg, other spices, raisins and more. While enjoyable, not a beer I would have many of in one sitting, but would have many of in many sittings.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (257) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2014
The Anchor Merry Christmas, Happy New Year pours a dark brown color with a frothy tan brown head that doesn’t linger too long. The aroma features a lovely mixture of raisin, cranberries, cinnamon and pine. The flavor is cranberry, cinnamon, pine and molasses. Overall this is a very solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (842) - SPAIN - MAY 12, 2014
Botella de 35,5 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, caramelo, afrutado, herbal y dulce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1003) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle. Obviously a bit of difference between the vintages, but the general impression is more or less the same year after year. Pours dark amber with a finger thick off white head. Aroma is roasted malts and caramel and cocoa, as well as a herby symphony of cloves, juniper, cardamom and sweet Christmas bread. Full body with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet, with dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee and kandi, as well as herby anise and cloves giving a long spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1421) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown color with tan head. Dark fruit, spice, and some fig on the nose; all follow onto the palate. Finishes with some sweetness. A good winter warming beer.

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