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RATINGS: 1954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
Bottle. Very dark chestnut with huge, tan and very stable head, dragging excellent lace. Aroma is awesome with the spices being in your face without being overpowering. I get licorice, clove , cinnamon and worchestershire sauce. Flavor is lightly roasted and malty with a long roasted aftertaste. The spices are only barely noticeable - just as I like my spiced beers. A bit watery in the mouth and a bit too fizzy, but not enough to distract you from the qualities of this brew. Very good for a spiced beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2014
35,5 cl bottle from etregourmet.be. This 2013 edition pours dark brown with a large creamy, beige head that stays up. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and orange. Flavour is malty with dark, bitter chocolate and spices. Creamy mouthfeel with a very long spiced aftertaste that after 5 min changes to dark bitter chocolate. Some alcohol warmth as well. Well brewed and a nice different beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pet3rman (366) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
A delicious blend of spices and maltiness. An unexpected holiday treat! Thanks Mom! 2011 - Pours dark ruby with small bubbly head. Aroma is complex (molasses and holiday spice) Taste is that of molasses, cranberries and a hint of nutmeg. Lasting spice finish. Great beer

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
two7offsuit (366) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malt and spice. Taste is thin malt with some spice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a rich dark brown with a full, light brown head. Complex; with fruit, nut, and coffee notes. Just the right amount of bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle. Poured very dark crimson with a nice frothy head that never completely went away. Aroma is a little light, but good. Milk chocolate, cinnamon, peat, caramel and slight spiciness. Very nice flavor, very balanced among many different constituents. Smoke, peat, bakerís chocolate, toffee, malt, cinnamon, spices and even a subtle English hop presence. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
2009 bottle. Deep dark brown in color. nice malty flavor. Can taste the nutmeg and itís not to strong. lots of other soft spices. finish stays in the mouth for awhile. Good but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Deep mahogany brown with thick foamy tan head. Sweet aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce. Sweet fruit, cherry flavor with brown sugar malt background. Smooth palate.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (363) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2014
The Anchor Merry Christmas, Happy New Year pours a dark brown color with a frothy tan brown head that doesnít 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 2007:
Aroma: sweet, nectar, lilac, dark malts, sweet yoghurt, woodland strawberry, distinct floweriness and sourishness. Absolutely wonderful.
Flavour: very balanced, sweet, malty with a sourish bitterness. Absolutely outstanding. Honey, roasted malt and long, powerful aftertaste. Some chocolate-like flavours can be sensed in the malt and some bitter almond-funkiness aswell (probably from the hops). Flowery. If it only were a bit heavierÖ
Appearance: superdark red towards brownish black with yellowish-beige, fine head leaving a smooth film.
Palate: wonderful, thick. Perhaps a bit more carbonation than Iíd wish for, but overall very good, especially for such a light beer.

2006:
Aroma (8): wonderful, nectar, lilac, smoky, wort, chocolate, malt, honey. Good, fresh hops.
Appearance(4): extremely dark brown, beige yellow head - fluffy w/ fine bubbles.
Flavour(7): perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness, slightly sourish, good hopflavour, slightly papery.
Palate(4): soft, fluffy, slimy, some stinging co2 that cuts through.
Overall: 15 - Total: 3.8

2005:
Aroma (9): malt, nectar, honey (as in yoghurt), lilac, hops, wild strawberry, wortbread, chocolate toffee.
Appearance (4): Dark, dark, dark brown w/ beige yellow head.
Flavour (8): Sweet, wort, malty, bitter, wonderful, well balanced.
Mouthfeel (4): refreshing, cooling, warming for the soul, rich.
Overall: 16 - Total: 4.1


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