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RATINGS: 1972   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.

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1030) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2012 version on tap @ Naked City. Pours watery dark brown with a reddish tint and thin lacey head. Aroma is lighter notes of earthy hops and sweet caramel malts. Taste is big fresh spruce, slightly sweet malts, and lots of spices: cinnamon, allspice, clove, maybe some cardamom? Nice bitter finish from the hops too. Definitely a unique taste, easily different from all other winter warmers out there. Love that they change the recipe every year and do the sweet magnums.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (1007) - Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle 2015. Pours black with ruby highlights and small tan head. Nose is maple, vanilla and nutmeg. Taste adds some dark fruit. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (1887) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2015
Beer tasting @ Havregatan 151120. Bottle (355 ml) from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. [ Vintage 2006 ]. Malty and caramely with lots of dried fruits, woody with spicy and some light liquorice notes, medium sweet and a bit flat, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and woody with dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Neorej80 (437) - - NOV 19, 2015
2015 edition bottle. Aroma of maple, toffee, capucino, vanilla and cinnamom and some malts. Nice dark brown colour, head vanishes fast. Flavours are a bit porterlike, but also a bit watery. Lots of cinnamom, maple and malts. Sweet, maple/toffee aftertaste. Ok for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leebotton (344) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
2015 version out of bottle from brewers droop, Bristol. pours deep dark ruby with an orange brown thick persistent head. Aroma is warming with doughy spice like light cinnamon, there is an earthy character against the soft roast nature and possibly spruce notes. The flavour has a dry, nutty roast/char flavour which is balanced by a silky texture. There are subtle spice notes here. Toward the back of the tongue there is a liquorice flavour reminiscent of my early homebrew but much cleaner and later,, some doughyness is perceived in the flavour. Overall, some great flavours and certainly a multifaceted beer though i would say the dough character is somewhat overwhelming some other aspects of the beer. Very nice, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1375) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a dark brown with ruby glints where light comes through. A large brown-khaki head forms and retains well. Prune, brown sugar, and a little coffee are noted in the nose. I like the way this drinks--a soft, moderately thick fashion. Muted sweet prune fruit, light sorghum, and some of that homebrew recipe in a box characteristic are all noted in the flavors. Reminds me of a British Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1365) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown almost black color. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is slightly nutty with a good dark malt flavor. Easy drinking with a lightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mzaar (2281) - 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 (930) - 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 (123) - 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!

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