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RATINGS: 1956   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 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 19, 2005
very dark almost black pour with a nice grey head. cinnamon cookie aroma with some maple syrup nutmeg is a major player here. first thing i noticed was not the flavor, but how thin this was. that surprises me. some bitter sweet cocoa floats around with some almond notes. nutmeg, and sugar cookie fill in the rest. i’m glad the seaonals are here.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Pours very dark with a nice brown head. The aroma is of spices and nuts with a hint of gingerbread I would say. The flavor is more of a nutty, gingerbread kind - this makes the beer somewhat sticky. Not my favorite Holiday ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4107) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Bottle, at home. Brown with light brown head, mostly diminishing, no lacings. Aroma moderate malty, hoppy and spicy (burnt, licorice, clove, cinnamon). Flavor moderate sweet, moderate to heavy bitter/spicy/dry. Light to medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Definitely a Christmas ale, but not in balance! -- Draught at Delirium Cafe, vintage 2007. Redbrown with ok lacings. Aroma moderate/heavy malty (caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, licorice). Really nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11352) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle poured a clear dark mahogany with a large, lasting brown head. Aromas of carmel, coffee, vanilla and spices. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and spices with a hint of smoke and a smooth finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
(draft) Pretty damn good. Higly malty, with a touch of coffee. No chocolate or licorice at all, but still a good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1500) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This is Anchor’s Christmas and New Year’s version for 2005. The head was thin and disappeared quickly. The color was a deep brown. The flavors were of sweet malt. There were hints of spice and finished with some bitterness. Happy New Year!!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
On tap... Aroma:Chocolate,fudge.... Appearance:Dark head... Flavor:Chocolate,fudge,spices......

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (10562) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2006
very dark brown colour and a big creamy beige head; a ton of spices (as usual for those Anchor Christmas beers): cloves and ginger dominate; notes gingerbread; oily and medium-bodied; high carbonation, dryish spicy finish where some chocolaty notes appear - rich and tasty but not quite the way I like it

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Another dissapeared rating: 2005 vintage. Body is a dark brown with an 1/8th inch light tan head. Aroma is heavy caramel, along with nutmeg, cinnamon, and light chocolate malt. Taste is caramel with the initial spice present, little nutty with hazelnut.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Deep mahogany with huge head. Sweet and rich aroma, some hops. Taste is malty with notes of cocoa. My biggest problem is the palate, which borders to thin. Slightly disappointed.


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