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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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3.2
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Dark beer, A lot of gingerbread. Very Christmasy beer. Dark red brown. Aks aks puff ram.
Earlier Rating: 11/15/2012 Total Score: 3.4
Pours red tinted amber. Whole wheat flour and ginger aroma. Tastes.like straight mile gingerbread cookie. Strong bite and creamy mouthfeel. Good if you want desert but I haven’t even eaten dinner yet. Aww, its good anyway.

3.9
llucmaduell (260) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 23, 2017
A beer of understanding I have not finished or not finished d’agradar MHA. I found the little balanced, long way in the mouth, low density water, little gas. A beer correct but does not repeat.

4.6
jybi (317) - FRANCE - JAN 17, 2017
Voici une belle surprise avec cette Merry Christmas 2016 Happy New Year de chez Anchor. Même si le titrage alcoolique est un peu faible (6,5% Abv) pour une bière hivernale et que celui-ci aurait gagné à être augmentée pour renforcer la puissance de la bière, celui-ci est bien utilisé pour résultat une bière harmonieuse, juste et agréable. L’étiquette présente une approche un peu différente des classiques, avec une nouvelle année sous le signe de la renaissance et du symbole de l’arbre pour le solstice d’hiver. Je vais être plus terre à terre et m’intéresser à notre breuvage qui doit être avant tout festif ! En verre, notre Anchor, présente une belle robe d’un brun profond et se pare d’une multitude de fines bulles la rendant des plus gracieuses. Une mousse beige, nappe convenablement la bière de 3 à 5 mm d’épaisseur. Le nez est très beau se portant sur la cerise, le pruneau et le café sur de jolies notes épicées de réglisse et de cannelle procurant une sensation de vin chaud. L’attaque sur le malt, le caramel et le réglisse est un peu en dedans mais prépare bien l’entrée en matière de l’amertume qui est douce sur des notes de café. L’arrière bouche s’intègre quant à elle parfaitement bien, soyeuse sur des arômes de cerise et de candi. L’ensemble est très chaleureux et parfaitement homogène. Le final laisse quant à lui s’exprimer des notes de cherry avec des belles variations autour de la réglisse. La longueur, malgré les 6,5 % Abv est très correct. En conclusion, il s’agit ici d’une très belle bière qui brille par son équilibre. Avec un peu plus de puissance et un brin de complexité en plus, je ne serai pas resté sur terre...je serai monté sur le pin!

3.7
dnstone (3410) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Poured a deep brown color with an off-white head. Mild roast aroma with some hints of spice. Medium bodied, rich flavor with some spiced character; holiday bread is a good comparison. Quite nice. Notes: Magnum bottle shared by PJ at our brew session, Jan ’17
Earlier Rating: 12/11/2012 Total Score: 2.7
d that mostly settles off. Aroma is like a spiced roasted lager. Tastes the same way with some vegetable and rd apple notes. Not my favorite.

3.8
Drjohnrock (805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Twelve ounce bottle of the 2016 edition at my niece’s house (thanks, Darci) on December 24, 2016. Almost opaque ruby/brown color, nice sweet/spicy aroma with some earthy notes, fine flavor like the nose but with what tastes like a liquefied spruce tree (in a good way) thrown in. Great stuff.

3.5
Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2017
15 Jan 2016, bottle. dark brown and foamy head. nose is dark brown banana bread. med body and mildly fizzy. banana bread up front, banana lingers, burnt dark bread comes out toward the end. sweet up front and mildly bitter at the end. nice.
Earlier Rating: 4/18/2011 Total Score: 3.4
27 Nov 2014, bottle. 2014 vintage. dark ruby. nose is spiced up front with caramel malt backbone. med body and fizzy. has a very burnt malt element, there is a sharp spice i can’t place. decent. (7 3 7 3 14 = 3.4) 16 nov 2013, bottle. 2013 vintage. Dark ruby/brown. Nose is gingerbread. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Ginger and lightly toasted molasses cookies. Nice. (7 3 7 3 14 = 3.4) 5 Dec 2011, bottle. 2011 vintage. dark ruby, clear, no bubbles, thin foamy head. aroma is ginger and toast. not as gingery as 2010, nor is there as much chocolate. but it does seem quite similar. med body and fizzy. ginger is there but not as prominent even as in the aroma. there is a tart/teeth on edge malty flavor, and some burnt toast. just okay. 28 Nov 2010, bottle. 2010 vintage. (9 3 8 3 15 = 3.8) dark ruby brown colour, clear w/ a couple bubbles. great ginger nose w/ some spicy (ginger) kick. wow! i like this. a ginger beer w/ a dark chocolate element. thin/med body and too fizzy and needs more alcohol. i like that i’ve never had a beer like this before. ginger and dark chocolate. awesome!

3.7
msbernac (2614) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle Aroma-caramel, honey Appearance-black, hazy, tan foam, Taste-medium bitterness, medium sourness, light sweetness, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

3.3
suurjuust (3534) - ESTONIA - JAN 13, 2017
355ml bottle. Dark brown beer, small beige head. Nose is cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mild roast. Flavor is similar ti the nose, but with more cinnamon and cloves, some malty acidity and chocolate notes. Fairly dry finish. Lighter palate than expected, but it’s also less interesting than expected. It’s not bad or anything, just lacks that certain je ne sais quoi.

3.6
Scrumpy369 (799) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle at home. Deep brown almost black colour small brown head disscipates fast. Nose is faint banana, clowes, and other spices i can’t wrap my head around. Taste is spicey, low bitterness low sweetness, spices and banana in the aftertaste. Fast finish. Light body. Nice banabread like desertbeer.

3
JuanFlk80 (268) - SPAIN - JAN 6, 2017
Botella 33cl Tercer Tiempo Tienda (Santander) Sabor tirando a caramelo, muy especiada y bastante alcoholica para la graduación


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