RATINGS: 2138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

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jalleduc (60) - - MAR 18, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2018 Arômes d'épices et de chocolat léger. Robe sombre et mousse légère et persistante. Attaque sur des épices, du caramel et du réglisse. Langueur légèrement alerte sur du houblon. Pas mal !

Bitterbill (2079) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAR 16, 2018
From 16 ounce Prowler bought at Liquor Shed bought at Liquor Shed in Casper. 2017. Pours near black, tiniest bit of red hues. Great head of foam with good lacing. Smells of nutmeg, almost like what you get with a pumpkin beer, bananas, cloves, roasted malt. Taste has the nutmeg, cloves, bananas, kinda roasty, very low level of bitterness. Very tasty. Great mouthfeel, easy drinking, excellent from this mini Growler. Bottles won't be coming so I am glad Jacob got some and put it on the Growler station.

SonOfAnarchy (591) - ST HELENA - MAR 13, 2018
Bottle. Pours very dark ruby with a minimal head. Aroma of Christmas spices, gingerbread. Taste is dry with a noticeable bitterness. Flavors slight red fruit, orange peel, slight dark malt? Medium body, slick texture, high carbonation. Nah, it just didn't do it for me, though I'm not a fan of the style, I guess.

JFF (278) - - MAR 11, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2018 Arômes de caramel, vanille, réglisse rouge. Robe brune foncée et opaque. En bouche, légère amertume liée à la torréfaction.

dorain (824) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 9, 2018
Aus der Flasche 2016-01 getrunken. Nicht wirklich meins, spannend war nur der deutliche Kakaogeschmack.

spiffero (70) - Camelford, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2018
Talking of the 2017 version, it tastes very similar to Anchor Porter, to me, except a little stronger. The extra strength gives it a bit more alcohol on the nose. It has wheat in it but I can't detect that difference from the porter. It's an intense drink, this, with strong hoppiness added to the alcohol, yeast, and coffee flavours. There's a touch of sweetness in it, but not enough to stop it being a harsh one, in my opinion. Good but challenging.

sam_uk93 (90) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2018
Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a big, mocha head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, some subtle spice. Taste is some sweet chocolate, spice up front, leading to an even spicier middle, some fruitiness, ending lightly bitter Medium to low carbonation, medium to full bodied. Very nice!

ozzatoadisback (233) - ITALY - FEB 27, 2018
2017 version at 6.7% abv. Pours opaque black with a huge light brown head that shows good retention and very nice lacing. Aroma shows a clean mix of roasted malts and coffee, slight toffee and spiciness. Overall not so complex, but very clean and quite strong. Taste follows the aroma with a good balance of sweet and bitter notes and a slightly bitter, dry finish. Roasted malts, coffee, and a plesant warming/spicy feel. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, overall quite soft in the mouth. In short, a well made robust porter with a delicate warming/spicy feel. Nice one.

The_Osprey (10000) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2018
Feb 2018 - 355ml bottle at home in Richmond as 'Anchor Brewing Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2017', 6.7%, BB Sep 2019. Pours an opaque black with a huge foamy brown head that leaves thick streaky lacing. Aroma is yeasty and metallic and also cocoa, little fudgey, milky coffee, chocolate digestive biscuit. Body is rounded, smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is malty, dates, raisins, little metallic, yeasty, breathy figs and nutmeg, mixed Christmas spice. Carbonation is soft in mouth but a little gassy on the stomach. Quite a tasty beer on the whole. Good. (7-4-6-3-14=3.4)

franclh (179) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2018 Fles 35,5cl thuis. Bitter, redelijk krachtig maar ook zoettonen, pruim, licht drogig. (5-2011)

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