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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewandstew (11) - Salisbury, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2007
12oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a dark brown with a light frothy head. Aromas of ginger, cinnamon, and other seasonal spices. Taste resembles that of a stout, and not overly bitter. Alcohol comes through a bit on the tongue. Pairs well with a hearty stew, winter squash, yams, and would go well with anything containing cranberry. I really enjoyed drinking this with my vegan sweet potato and winter squash minestrone.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ejdischer (11) - Cromwell, Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2008
The 2007 holiday offering was less than stellar. Has a beautiful look to it. Great head retention. Thatís about where the joy ended for me. Has almost a leafy taste to it. Hard to describe. Aftertaste has a hint of peppermint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrew_Man (10) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2011 - a little bit over herbed for me. Is it just me, or does the Anchor Christmas tend to be great on odd years and just good to very good in even years? I thought 2010 was the best ever and Iím looking forward to 2012.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
b7j0c (10) - USA - NOV 20, 2005
I really look forward to this release, and 2005 is no exception. Pours dark, nearly opaque with a beige head that diffuses quickly. Full body and spicy. One of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rcmatthews (10) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 Aroma is like Christmas. Cinnamon and clove especially. Had this wishing it was Christmas time (its too hot!!!!) and got exactly what I was looking for. THere is however, something lacking in the flavor component. Its not that it tastes bad, its just not incredible. There is a nice gingerbread like aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jantonius (8) - USA - JAN 1, 2013 does not count
Anchor Christmas 2012 (Our Special Ale) is the best I have had in 5-7 years. The ale had hints of Juniper and Sasparilla, I love Anchorís line of ales, they keep the classics consistent and have come out with some nice limited releases.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad924 (7) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 26, 2013 does not count
This beer is deceiving in its appearance versus it flavor. When you look at this beer in the glass and smell it's aroma you think it will be a coffee flavored porter. In fact it is a delightful light surprise with a fruity finish! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mccracke (6) - USA - JUN 17, 2007 does not count
Thick dark brown beer, canít see through to the other side of the glass. Thick light brown head. The various flavors blend well. Malty and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopsaddict (6) - USA - AUG 16, 2007 does not count
This beer brought back fond holiday memories with its nutmeg and vanilla rich nose/taste. Its has a regal appearance in a glass -- not the darkest beer, but the dark, thick head is certainly intriguing. Much lace is left on the inside of the glass. I recommend letting it warm up some from fridge temperature as the alcohol gives a warm, cheery compliment to the flavor as you reach the end of the beer and it has warmed up some.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
southgadawg (6) - USA - DEC 10, 2005 does not count
This comes across like a Holiday beer should, spicy yet drinkable. Pours a great dark brown, ruby color. Nice cream color head. Will definately follow up with next years offering.

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