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RATINGS: 1975   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mzaar (2298) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2015
Flaska. Dofter av kryddnejlika, malt, karamell och vörtbröd. Smakinslag av kryddnejlika, ingefära, karamell och apelsinskal. Något tunn i kroppen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbuskirk (935) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Over the years, people have put their brains and palates to work trying to figure out just what the hell Anchor’s Christmas Ale is flavored with. Enough secrets have been leaked over the years you could probably figure it out after enough time on the internet. However, it’s more fun not to know. Besides, the formula changes from year to year, anyway. The 2015 release is dark brown with shades of mahogany. It has candy notes redolent of dark fruit (especially plum), toffee, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, molasses, and spices (cinnamon & nutmeg). While this is a malty brew, I was happy to note some fresh and lightly citrusy hops. The comparison is probably cheesy, but trying to guess at Christmas Ale’s components is like shaking a holiday present and trying to figure out what’s inside the box. Shit, that was lame. I’m becoming a sentimental, foolish bastard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Samuel214 (144) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Flaska från SB. Mörk rubinröd, brunsvart vätska med mörkbeieget halvt finger tjocker skum som lägger sig. Sötsur och maltig doft av russin, torr choklad, hubba-bubba tuggummi, råglimpa, pumpernickel. Även en aning lakrits, kaffe och en nypa julkryddor. Medelstor, halvtorr kropp; inleder något större för att sedan lägga sig ganska kvickt. Kanske en aning för mycket kolsyra. Ganska kraftig för sin låga alkoholhalt. Inleds med kaffe, fudge och en del mörkrostade toner - gränsar nästan till en stout! Kanske en aning ekfat och enbär. Sötman tillbakahållen i jämförelse med aromen. Efterbeskan är främst kaffe. Helt ok!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueshockey24 (7) - Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2015 does not count
2015 bottle purchased in CO. I pick up pick up chocolate, raisin, herbal and licorice notes. I’ve been trying it since 2007 and feel this is one of my favorites. I liked the 2007 a lot and feel this is very comparable. Hard to be 100% sure without the ability to try them side by side. I’ll hunt down a case of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Let’s split this between the 2014 and 2006 batches...cheers Craig.

Dark Chestnut brown, wee bit of cloudiness and a decent light tan ringed head. Nose is very pungent cinnamon, warming spice and soft nuttiness. Initial taste is lean sweetness, soft warming choc and builds to a light herby ess. Dense enough carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Finishes clean spicy roast and lingers spicy good times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (841) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
2014 bottle. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is raisins, toffee, malts. Taste is raisins, toffee, earthy hops, dust and slight spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pityu (302) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle 2014 - Light brown colour, nice creamy tan head with lacing. Aroma of raisins, gingerbread, cloves, honey and some resinous hops. Taste is dried fruits, ginger, cinnamon, honey with citrussy hop finish. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Not my favourite style, but i appreciate the balance, roundness and complexity. Nice christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (869) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 11, 2015
355ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen on 8 Sept 2015. Pours dark brown/black with an off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, saison type aromas, dried fruit and medicine. Taste of a little roast and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ebone1988 (628) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2015
2014. Aroma is ginger, figs or some other dark fruit, nutmeg, malt. Appearance is a foggy reddish brown with a light tan head. Taste is figs, ginger, nutmeg, disappears very quickly. Mouthfeel is a decent carbonation but the flavor is very light and leaves immediately, which I suppose isn’t horrible. Overall, this beer is well past its prime yet somehow I doubt I would enjoy it more fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlandersNed (371) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2015
12oz bottle dated 2014. Finings-laden dark mahogany color, low tan foam. Sweet spice nose. Nutmeg, pine resin, cinnamon, raisin, clove, toasted wood & more notes in the tongue. Full- body and medium+ carbonation.

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