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RATINGS: 1823   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.

Mungus' rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungus (6) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2006
As always, you have to be ready for this. This years version is strong on anise to me, and the juniper is there too. Halfway through my second bottle i find it to be cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (690) - SOLA, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2014
Vintage from 2011. Bottle from vinmonopolet. Pours colabrown with weak 1/2 cm foam. Aroma of old bitter christmas chocolate, sweet liqorice and some herbal tones. Taste of light chocolate, rounded liqorice, like old pannetone cake, some harder herbal tones but still balanced and rounded pretty good. Some warming tones but a very balanced beer. A cool beer but that said im not a big fan of herbal beers. Make me think of Fernet that i dont like

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (333) - - JUL 25, 2014
50.7 oz magnum is 2008 vintage. Pours a dark brown with lasting beige head and thick lacing. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate and an amazing spice profile: cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and slight ginger. Flavor is same with balanced spice complexity to include above with a resinous pine note. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, and pleasant bitter pine finish. This aged well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndrewMichaelZ (48) - - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle into small tulip. Pours a deep managing with a thick (almost creamy) mocha-colored head. Sweet malty notes on the nose with hints of raisin. Drinks with strong carbonation and a bit of roasty malts but overall uneventful. It does have that wintery vibe too it (especially on the finish) bit I'm not sure I'd reach for this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1273) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yy0pp (484) - - JUN 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2014 Botlle 33cl. Pours reddish dark brown with thick tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of spices and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (620) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
The pour produced a tall thick and creamy meringue like head. It was light tan in color and long lasting which made for lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Under the head lies a very deep dark liquid with dark burgundy hues. It has a nice aroma of nutty roasted malt with spices like clove and nutmeg. There is a firm hop presence as well that adds a spruce like pine character. There is a solid roasted barley and mildly sweet bready/nutty maltiness with a pleasant level of clove and nutmeg spice notes. This complemented and balanced by mellow hop bitterness and flavor notes of fresh cut spruce pine. The spice and piney notes linger on well into the slow fading finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (164) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Sötét, barnásvörös színe van a tetején egy vastag, krémes és szűnni nem akaró, bézs színű habpaplannal, valamint fás, pörkölt és enyhén füstös aromája. Igen intenzív pörkölésű, határozottan füstös és erősen komlós ízvilág jellemzi, melyet megtámogat egy réteg étcsokoládé bársonyos jelenléte is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoptimusPrimed (47) - SPAIN - JUN 15, 2014
A nice winter ale with deep and complex flavours of nutmeg, other spices, raisins and more. While enjoyable, not a beer I would have many of in one sitting, but would have many of in many sittings.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (216) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (527) - SPAIN - MAY 12, 2014
Botella de 35,5 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, caramelo, afrutado, herbal y dulce.

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