RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Our Special Ale, a dark, rich, heavily spiced ale with a recipe that changes with each passing year.

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tmoreau (4978) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Shared 12 oz. bottle, poured to snifters showing a deep mahogany hue, with some tan head foam that diminished immediately to bubbly film and a thin ring, with only some leggy spots decorating the glass. The nose was a hint of teriyaki, and dark fruit. Light to medium bodied, with no effervescence, the taste was dry, with a hint of soy, and a fairly indistinguishable, washed out flavor. Didn’t cellar well.

slowrunner77 (13912) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
one of the best Christmas beers ever, this is a solid beer in every way...smells, looks, and tastes great. right up there most years with old foghorn as my favorite anchor brew. try on tap if you can...it’s even fresher."

daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Very dark brown beer. Lots of brine sugar and some spices mix fairly well with the oxidation. Better than I would’ve though!

boFNjackson (4202) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle... Poured near black with a small head, mild lacing and retention. A bit of oxidation in the aroma which was soon masked by earthy, herbal, and baking-like spices. Similar in flavor but missing depth and sweetness to pull it through. A hint if soy sauce with brown sugar too. Along the lines of other vintage Anchor Christmas Ales I have had, but I have had some from the late 90s that were even better than this one.

AndySnow (8467) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
How: Bottle.
Where: Shared at home.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a white head.
Aroma: Malt, dried fruit, chocolate.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Spices, fruit, caramel. Rather bitter.

mauritsio (1046) - FINLAND - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle 2012 edition bought from Alko Hyvinkää. Sweet burned and herbal aroma. Bitter burned taste. Coca-cola vegetable flavour. Some taste from gammal dansk. Have to run buy more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Sledutah (8152) - Utah, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle brought over and shared by Doug on Christmas along with a ’89 and ’09, thanks
Appearance: Hazy dark brown with a small tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, bitter chocolate and spices
Taste: Toasted malts, some sourness and spices
Decent, compared to the others you could taste the similarities. This one was heading the same direction as the ’89

douglas88 (9972) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle shared with Craig Christmas 2011. Pours a black color with a large brown head. The aroma is a odd sour and spicy nose, some oxidation. A sweet spicy flavor with some metallic sourness and bitter prune. Almost like unripe fruit and also overripe fruit! Bitter pine. Not my thing, interestingly this is very much like the 1989 I had heading that way for sure. Both has sourness and metallic flavors that were not pleasant. Drinkable, but odd.

WVHouseofBeer (1116) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Maybe a bit too long to cellar, this beer still offered a wonderful bouquet of yuletide flavors that left me grateful to try the beer and mucho thanks to my xmas party host. Poured from a bottle with a small off-white head and midnight-burnt sienna body, the flavor was on-point for an 8 year old brew. Nicely developed caramel and ginger notes mixed well with the noticeable spruce hints to create what I consider a full bodied beer (rare given the style). If you are lucky enough to try this beer, don’t complain if it isn’t what you expected. Just be gracious for the offering, remember the season, and enough what is a delightful winter/Christmas beer.

arminjewell (9756) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pour out of bottle is dark reddish with thin white head, aroma has notes of caramel, pine, mint and spruce notes, touch of hints of spice in there with a touch of faint molasses. Taste is a really strong minty and pine, spruce tip presence, touch of molasses and slight dark fruit, finishing fairly clean and sweet. A bit weird but ok.

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