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RATINGS: 1951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


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 heavier…
Appearance: superdark red towards brownish black with yellowish-beige, fine head leaving a smooth film.
Palate: wonderful, thick. Perhaps a bit more carbonation than I’d 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

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (361) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndresTM (361) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2014
It pours like a coke in color, with a handsome, frothy, quarter-inch head. It smells like Christmas in a bottle: eggnog, fruitcake, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla curd are complemented by piney, herbal hops. Very inviting. The mouthfeel is medium to light, velvety with adequate carbonation. The taste is primarily bitter from the hops, with a spicy, orange-pelt sweetness rounding it out towards the end. It’s good, but it does not deliver on the promises the nose made. I generally like my Christmas-season beers a lot stronger, darker, stickier, and sweeter, but I enjoyed this.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
aroma is spicy. like a cinnamon roll. this beer is fucking delish. taste is rum-like and carroty. beatiful black baby of mine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle. dark mahogany with a small tan head, No lacing. Rich nose is laden with the smells of spice cake, raisons, cinnamon and coffee.Tastes of raisons, brown sugar, mince pie and burnt caramel. Nicely done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
beer pours a very pretty, ruby-tited deep brown, with a tan head that retains well and leaves massive lace. nose is of course spicy, but not as over-the-top as some years (no pine sol, not super clovey). chocolate notes in the aroma, along with, perhaps, some light cinamon, and maybe some cardamom. flavor is again more beer-like than some other years, with the spices adding nuance to a flavor that again has bitter chocolate notes. pleasing vintage of this brew. perhaps some astringency in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
two7offsuit (355) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malt and spice. Taste is thin malt with some spice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrianDorry55 (355) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Bottle from Trinity Liquors in Spring Hill, FL. Aroma of spices and cinnamon. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Flavor isnt as spicy as the aroma...more like a porter...some wood...some smoke...a little cinnamon, but nothing sticks out enough...Pretty nice on the palate. Overall...its alright...just nothing "special" by any means...I wouldnt by it again...but its not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (355) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Nothing says Christmas like Anchor’s Special Ale. Gingerbread cookie beer. Spicy and oily. The alcohol is wrapped up very finely and the finish is a smooth vanilla drop to finish a hard day in the winter. Classic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2008
I HAVE HAD THEIR CHRISTMAS BEER EVERY YEAR SINCE 2002. 2007 HAD A COMPLEX FLAVOR BUT I THINK THERE WAS TO MANY SPICES IN IT THIS YEAR. I ENJOYED 2006 ’S VERSION THE MOST.


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