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RATINGS: 1883   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (612) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Maybe the best feature of this beer is the aroma, which smacks of black cherries. Pours with a fantastic thick head that lasts, and a great reddish, chestnut color. The taste is somewhat on the dry side for me, and it is mostly clean malt with a some interesting but I think too subtle background complexities along the lines of cherries and a hint of dark chocolate. Overall, I like it, but there are so many winter ales that I like much more, so this one will likely not be in my fridge again.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1340) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Ruby brown with excellent frothy light brown head. Earthy. Mild bitter. Fair roasty. Very modestly spiced. Dry. Interesting

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2593) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
(Anchor Our Special Ale (2005 and later)) Bottle 355 ml at home, 2014 vintage, served into a snifter, ABV 5.5% Deep brown red colour on the body with a tall and thick tan head, with good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, sugar, light caramel. Sweet taste with caramel, spices on the finish, toffee and a long bitter aftertaste. Medium body with soft carbonation and a slightly sticky palate. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (1455) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2014
Ruby with a cream head. Nice sweet fruity aroma. The taste is caramel with bitter fruitiness. Some toffee and mixed spice. Tasty stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4961) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Tap at The Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Poured a reddish brown with a frothy white head and some broken lace. The aroma is rich spicy over ripe red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a light veggie mineral light fruit palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer_est_deus (746) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2014
Anchor Christmas Ale -- Mörkt orange-brun med ett orange-latte färgat skum. Doft: Bränd hallon sylt, körsbärs godis, honung, sött bröd, kryddor. Smak: Kryddor, jäst, lager, damm, malt, gammalt godis med frukt smak, lite avslagen Fanta, ginger ale, kardemumma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Baramba (205) - ITALY - DEC 18, 2014
355 ml bottle. Dark amber with small off-white head disappearing very fast. Aroma and flavour of spices, yeast, raisin, gingerbread.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Werckmeister (77) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 18, 2014
On tap at Hawidere. black color, good, compact long lasting head. smells like vegetables and spices, cloves and pumpkin. medium body, aromatic spicy, tastes of pumpkin, light sweetness / light to medium bitterness, which seems to come both from hops and malts. the combination of sweet and bitterness with the spices doesnt work for me at all. too weird for me.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
conway (1626) - - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola with a thick off white head. Aroma is mostly ginger. Taste adds some weird earthiness. Thin and strong carb. Not good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (843) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Pint pour of fairly deep brown, with a thin tan head. Nose is Christmas, Some spices of nutmeg, brown sugar, molasses. Flavor is molasses, some Christmas spices, nutmeg and ginger, like a gingerbread man, but not a gingerbread house.... A sassy gingerbread man. She’s a sassy one... A sassy gingerbread man-woman. It’s a transvestite. A delicious transvestite gingerbread individual. Anyway, it’s a solid beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3812) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
As Anchor Christmas. Poured deep reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon,, liquorice, dark fruit. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, fairly heavy going.


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