coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 version..aroma reminiscent of pumpkin pie with plenty of gingerbread, nutmeg and cinnamon..yumm..very dark brown appearance with slight tan head lacing each sip..delicious flavor mixing pumpkin,gingernread cinnamon nutmeg perhaps caramel..slightly tingly carbonation perfect medium body very drinkable even sessionable at only 5.5 abv..this is my favorite holiday beer and after two years where i really wasnt so jazzed about it this years is excellent really i cant name a more complex or full flavored brew at this abv
jmanock (27) - - APR 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
about as perfect a beer for me as you could get. especially when aged a few years, this beer is in my top 5. what can i say? the dark fruit and spice of this is awesome. mulled wine and nutmeg aroma with a body that tastes a lot like plum, dark cherry, cinnamon and sugar. just the right bitterness to balance. this beer ages very well and the aging will mellow out the piney bitterness and let more of the dark fruit flavors come through.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This blew me away. The aroma is nothing short of miraculous. I had to look twice to make sure this was a beer. My wife said it is heavy on the plum, but that may be teaberry as others have notted. The balance of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and the malt sweet overtones are nearly perfect. WOW!!!!!!!!
thebeerroom (8) - Brazoria, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Every year during the holiday season, Anchor Brewing releases their Merry Christmas/Happy New Year seasonal ale. Each year they tweek their recipe and put a different tree on the label.
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obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2010 íversioní and itís spectacular! Itís seems like a cross between a dopplebock and a Belgain abbey ale. It starts off with a beautiful dark brown pour and a one-inch-thick brown head. The head leaves some really nice lacing around the sides of the glass. The arom is mostly malt-based, with notes of bread, yeast, earth, brown sugar, barley and sweet spices. The body is fairly thick, but very drinkable, especially for this time of year. This beer will definitely warm you up on those cold late fall/winter evenings. The flavors are delicious and keep you coming back for more. I get hints of earth, lightly tosted bread, sweet malts, light chocolate, a little bit of cream, brown sugar, toffee and chocolate. The finish is a little bubbly and thick, but again, that adds to the enjoyment and excitment of this beer. Iím gonna try to keep some of it around until Christmas and New Yearís, but itís gonna be tough not to drink the whole case until then.
Beerowulf (75) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served from Magnum bottle. 2008 vintage. Dark brown with 2 finger head. Sweet and roasty taste and a great smooth finish. 2008 was a good year for this one!!!!!!
bpreo (1973) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 Holiday/Christmas Ale version 2011. It tastes like Christmas, and that is alright with me.
2014: delicious. Tastes strong at first, and the greatest malt aftertaste at the end. 4.5 stars
LKT1983 (112) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. What a difference in taste from anything else Iíve had lately. Hard to describe the taste from a sample, but I loved it.
WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.
Beeracolyte (49) - Katowice, POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Piwo kupione w Piwo Regionalne Katowice na Mariackiej. Edycja na 2014 rok. Ciemne piwo z rubinowymi refleksjami. Piana ?adnie budzi szk?o, chocia? jest obecna tylko w postaci kr??ka. Przyprawowowy aromat - go?dziki,cynamon, ga?ka muszkata?owa, any?(chyba) i jaka? mniej s?odka przyprawa. Smak to jeden wielki festiwal przypraw. Jest piernikowy ale same piwo jest wytrawne. Poza przyprawami w tle czu? lekk? ciasteczkowo?? od s?odůw. Bardzo z?o?one i bardzo dobre piwo.