RATINGS: 2107   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 Aleís 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.

Editorís 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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graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 2007 Vintage:
Pours a deep ruby brown into the glass with a small off white head. Aroma is big this year. Iím picking up a lot of nutmeg, cinammon and bubble gum type aromas. The taste is relatively unassuming considering its huge aroma. Nice and crisp with a dry finish.
Aroma: 8 Appearance: 4 Flavor: 6 Palate: 4 Overall: 15
Fruity Aroma. Pours almost completely black with a dark tan head. Has some rich coffee/chocolate maltiness along with some fruity undertones. Has a nice spice to it. Iím not a huge fan of the style, but this is definately worth a try!
Aroma: 7 Appearance: 5 Flavor: 6 Palate: 4 Overall: 15

Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle (2006) at home. Dark - almost black - brown head. Chokolate, light coffee, spicy, coriander, pinewood, orange, raisins, roasted, hoppy, dried fruits.

thewolf (12533) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Dark mahogany colour with big beige creamy head. Aroma has LOTS of cinnamon with roasted malts and cloves. Quite complex taste. Plums, fruits, raisins, blue-berries and roasted malts dominate. It ends dry with cinnamon and slight flowery bitterness. Good.

jrob21 (3660) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
2006 on tap at the Brick Store. Deep dark color with a little purple hue. Big head that gives the experience a creamy texture. Gets more complex and varied as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. Starts spicy and finishes more malty with some slight chocolate and caramel malt flavors. Nice beer for this time of year.

ajolly2 (129) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
2006. Head: thick; dark tan in color. Body: very dark with some ruby tint to it; opaque. Fruity aroma. At first taste, a little thinner on the tongue than the beerís attractive appearance leads on. Taste is somewhat spicy, not smoky at all, some fruitiness but not sweet. Some bitterness emerges as it cools to room temperature. Iím no expert on Christmas brews, and this one was a little lighter than I wanted, but I highly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any ale drinkers.

Delirium (668) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 2006 version, draught. Pours dark ruby brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is mild, mostly of sweet malt and a lot of christmas spices. Flavor is also sweet malt and a lot of christmas spices. A pretty straightforward winter warmer, but I think this is rather overrated---the sweetness tastes a bit artificial, and it really isnít that enjoyable. Not bad per se, but there are many better winter beers.

kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 2006 version, on tap. The Quintessential Christmas beer of 2006! yummy gingerbread beer - Christmas in a glass! Flavor includes chooclate and coffee, a slight taste of orange cream halfway through, with a touch of peppery hops about three quarters of the way through. A very smooth palate. 2005 version - sampled in August 2007 - delightful cinnamon, orange and nutmeg flavor... this is the archetype for classic Christmas beers.

wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Pours dark with nice tan head. A little thin, but not watery. Aroma is spicy, smoke and coffee. Flavor is not too sweet, but spicy (herbs, juniper?) with a roasted orange peer taste. Maybe a little gingerbread taste. Good dry finish.

flemmingwillum (1198) - Nysted, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2006
Anchor Christmas Ale 2006 : Dark redbrown colour and a high, slowly diminishing head. Very unusual perfume-like aroma (in a good way), with spruce, spices, caramel, and a lot of juniper berries. The flavor is bitter with a lot of juniper berries, and a very bitter aftertaste. A very dry, and very good beer, but it could use some more sweetness. Creamy body, but a little thin.

Furseth (2159) - Kungšlv, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle: Dark red colour, flat head. Aroma of Spicyness, hops,tar,and and malts. Werry complexy nose. Flavor is spicy, coffee, dark chocolate, medium body , medium finish. A Compex beer indeed.

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