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RATINGS: 2109   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 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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3.3
woomThomas12 (224) - Falkenberg, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2016
2015 The beer is dark even black when you pour it. The foam is beige with large bubbles. Smells against some little, and the taste is less than I expected. But the malt is there and some brödighet. The scents here are darker but still a bit tame. A little dark bread, raisins, dark syrup. Find some chocolate, vanilla, caramel, nuts and a little Christmas spices. A little malt and hops dull, maybe some coffee. At first sip, the whole beer a bit smaller than expected, a little more tasteless and dropped character. Is a roasted flavor, the bread will find fairly quickly, with hints of raisins. Are some sweetness by the vanilla, chocolate, caramel, malt. Are some Christmas spices, cardamom, nuts, slabbe coffee. A little more carbon dioxide than I thought with it disappears quickly, a little bitter at the end.

3
ibrubeer (383) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2016
2015 Draft @ Concourse, LAX. Slightly sweet aroma. Black color with dark reddish highlights, and tan head with good lacing. Slightly sweet, malty flavor, with slight bitterness. Med bodied. Overall a pretty good holiday beer.

3.5
andrepintado (3398) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 24, 2016
33cl bottle. Dark brown color. Brown medium head. Medium bitterness, low to medium sweetness. Aroma is roasted, herby, woody, leaves, fruits.

3.5
markoijelena (3121) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle 0.355l from Only Good Beer Budapest Hungary.Taste at home Belgrade Serbia.25.12.2015.Merry Chistmas.Pour it dark color with small dark head.Aroma blueberry.Taste of molasis,dark black fruits,licorice, skunky.Interesting spice finish.

4
benfergy (248) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - FEB 14, 2016
The aroma has both rich caramel malt and piney hops; taste is pleasantly sweet; palate is smooth. Great winter beer!

2.3
JanEric (1233) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle 2014 merry Christmas. Reddish brown, minimal head. Liquorice in aroma and taste, herbs, and sweets. Strange brew, it’s like a bit oxidated, some cherry or madera like flavours. not good though.

3.6
Chalumeaux (1554) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Poured from bottle 2015 dark brown with a nice cocoa color head. Aromas of licorice dark chocolate and spice. Taste is caramel spice and a slightly thin mouth feel with a nice roasty finish.

4.4
sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Anchor Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2015 is one great present. Dark pour with a thick off-white head that lasts. Aroma of caramel. Taste is spices and caramel with a smooth finish. Very tasty. Get this gift while it lasts!

3.3
Maarten1993 (1274) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2016
Drank 27-1 in Malden with Marieke (working on my new year’s resolutions ;)). Taste is fine, pretty complex. Has a nice finish, winterbeer like. Bit thin though.

3.7
lello4ever (987) - ITALY - JAN 25, 2016
Si presenta ambra molto scuro con riflessi rossi. Schiuma beige compatta non molto persistente. Al naso caramello, spezie, dark fruits. Gusto speziato, tostato e ingresso secco. Corpo e carbonazione medi. Interessante.


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