RATINGS: 2110   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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Hangover (1136) - oxford, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2006
2006. Dark brown pour with a huge creamy tan head with nice lace and head retention. Aroma is of rich caramel, pine needles, chocolate, roasted malts and citrus hops. Taste has an initially agressive and carbonated mouthfeel, big on flavor. More of the spice/nutmeg towards the middle but I’m a bit distracted by the citrus notes. Finish is bitter and long. Good for a seasonal, not something I could drink very often.

CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle, ’06 vintage. Attractive tan head. Dark color. Malt, cloves, and licorice aromas. interesting, but somewhat mild. The taste was much the same, with a somewhat interesting colection of sweet spices noted in this beer towards the end. The finish was dry, mild, and lingering. Body was much lighter than expected. Seems like it could go well with spicy or smokey food, as well as vegetable dishes.

unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Dark brownish-red with a light tan head. Woody aroma. Maybe a little nutmeg or clove too. Slightly tangy on the palate. Smokey finish. This would go great with some smoked salmon, cheese, and crackers right about now! Honestly, not all that impressed this year.
Earlier Rating: 9/15/2006 Total Score: 4
Deep brown reddish color. dark malt flavor. dried fruit, figs, raisins, dates. some spice, some pine.

jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Pours very dark brown with a nice tan head. Sweet, spicy, malty aroma, and flavor follows well. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the flavor, but there is still a nice maltiness and body to it. Fairly balanced, but with a slightly watery but still thick body. Great for the season, but not something I’d want year round. So I guess they got it right.

stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2006
2006 bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours brown with a nice size tan head. Aroma of spices, fruit, and molasses. The flavor is sweet, fruit, spices, molasses. Good body, good brew.

orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2006
(a 2006 bottle) For some reason all anchor beers taste better in my franziskaner weizen glass. pours an ebony red color and if you hold it up to the light you can see alot of bubble action. The aroma is a strang unique smell that i couln’t detect. The flavor is spicy smooth with a pleasant arpeggio rip of notes.

gnoff (10367) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 11/6/2006
330 ml bottle at Haket, Göteborg.
2006 Christmas ale.
Ruby red color, tan head. Spicy clove scent. Taste is clove and lots of spicy malts. Low bitterness.

Second rating
UPDATED 11/19/2006
Vinous a bit minty, strong sugary smell. Deep ruby red color, tan head. A bit fruity taste, thin and boring, vinous. No bitterness. Just plain too boring.

On tap as part of a flight at Brewer’s Tasting Room, St. Pete, FL, on January 22, 2014.
Clear very dark red color, light brown head. Sweet, spicy taste. Tart, dry aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sweet scent, a bit spicy.

HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2006
2006 batch. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma of grains, spice and yeast. Big malt flavor and mild carbonation. Accented with coffee, some chocolate and a berry in the finish. Not bad.

kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Not a huge fan of this one. Pours a ruby-brown color with a very thin head. Cannot place aroma, almost like dried dates. Taste is slightly toffee-like with hints of spiciness that I cannot quite place. A fun beer to try once, but I probably won’t be picking it up again.

hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
(2006 version) This looks very black to me, but I imagine it’s more of a brown, just really really dark. the aroma and flavours are nice and spicey, maybe even toasted as well. Kind of reminds me of some well made and spiced pumkin pie, eggnog, and holiday spirit mixed together. There is a note of chocolate, while faint and only realized after reading other’s reviews. I do dected a bit of molasses flavour lending itself to the body of this beer. I think this is the best year I’ve had so far. Kudos to you, Anchor!

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