RATINGS: 2069   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 Ales 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.

Editors 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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2837) - ngelholm, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2015
Beer tasting @ Havregatan 151120. Bottle (355 ml) from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. [ Vintage 2006 ]. Malty and caramely with lots of dried fruits, woody with spicy and some light liquorice notes, medium sweet and a bit flat, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and woody with dried fruits.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Neorej80 (498) - - NOV 19, 2015
2015 edition bottle. Aroma of maple, toffee, capucino, vanilla and cinnamom and some malts. Nice dark brown colour, head vanishes fast. Flavours are a bit porterlike, but also a bit watery. Lots of cinnamom, maple and malts. Sweet, maple/toffee aftertaste. Ok for what it is.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
2015 version out of bottle from brewers droop, Bristol. pours deep dark ruby with an orange brown thick persistent head. Aroma is warming with doughy spice like light cinnamon, there is an earthy character against the soft roast nature and possibly spruce notes. The flavour has a dry, nutty roast/char flavour which is balanced by a silky texture. There are subtle spice notes here. Toward the back of the tongue there is a liquorice flavour reminiscent of my early homebrew but much cleaner and later,, some doughyness is perceived in the flavour. Overall, some great flavours and certainly a multifaceted beer though i would say the dough character is somewhat overwhelming some other aspects of the beer. Very nice, though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1827) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a dark brown with ruby glints where light comes through. A large brown-khaki head forms and retains well. Prune, brown sugar, and a little coffee are noted in the nose. I like the way this drinks--a soft, moderately thick fashion. Muted sweet prune fruit, light sorghum, and some of that homebrew recipe in a box characteristic are all noted in the flavors. Reminds me of a British Porter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1630) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown almost black color. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is slightly nutty with a good dark malt flavor. Easy drinking with a lightly dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mzaar (3000) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2015
Flaska. Dofter av kryddnejlika, malt, karamell och vrtbrd. Smakinslag av kryddnejlika, ingefra, karamell och apelsinskal. Ngot tunn i kroppen.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MetalNHopHead (1656) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Over the years, people have put their brains and palates to work trying to figure out just what the hell Anchors Christmas Ale is flavored with. Enough secrets have been leaked over the years you could probably figure it out after enough time on the internet. However, its more fun not to know. Besides, the formula changes from year to year, anyway. The 2015 release is dark brown with shades of mahogany. It has candy notes redolent of dark fruit (especially plum), toffee, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, molasses, and spices (cinnamon & nutmeg). While this is a malty brew, I was happy to note some fresh and lightly citrusy hops. The comparison is probably cheesy, but trying to guess at Christmas Ales components is like shaking a holiday present and trying to figure out whats inside the box. Shit, that was lame. Im becoming a sentimental, foolish bastard.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Samuel214 (775) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Flaska frn SB. Mrk rubinrd, brunsvart vtska med mrkbeieget halvt finger tjocker skum som lgger sig. Stsur och maltig doft av russin, torr choklad, hubba-bubba tuggummi, rglimpa, pumpernickel. ven en aning lakrits, kaffe och en nypa julkryddor. Medelstor, halvtorr kropp; inleder ngot strre fr att sedan lgga sig ganska kvickt. Kanske en aning fr mycket kolsyra. Ganska kraftig fr sin lga alkoholhalt. Inleds med kaffe, fudge och en del mrkrostade toner - grnsar nstan till en stout! Kanske en aning ekfat och enbr. Stman tillbakahllen i jmfrelse med aromen. Efterbeskan r frmst kaffe. Helt ok!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueshockey24 (516) - Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2016 2015 bottle purchased in CO. I pick up pick up chocolate, raisin, herbal and licorice notes. Ive been trying it since 2007 and feel this is one of my favorites. I liked the 2007 a lot and feel this is very comparable. Hard to be 100% sure without the ability to try them side by side. Ill hunt down a case of it. 2016 bottle purchased in CO. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is malty herbal with hints of raison, prune and licorice. Taste is sweet and herbal like the aroma with a bitter licorice prune finish. I try it every year and while i like it i like the 2015 better.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (2266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Lets split this between the 2014 and 2006 batches...cheers Craig.

Dark Chestnut brown, wee bit of cloudiness and a decent light tan ringed head. Nose is very pungent cinnamon, warming spice and soft nuttiness. Initial taste is lean sweetness, soft warming choc and builds to a light herby ess. Dense enough carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Finishes clean spicy roast and lingers spicy good times.


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