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 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparf (272) - SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2016
rgng 2015. Halvst och aningen alkoholbemngd doft. Julkryddor och kavring, ven en slng av kaffe. Helt svart brygd med ett snabbt avtagande skum som lmnar en snygg hinna. Smaken r mustig och kombinerar kaffe och beska i brjan, drefter kakao, aning vanilj och muskot. Torr avrundning. Frvnansvrt tunn kropp och en vlavvgd kolsyra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (1204) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, raisins, spiced breads. Taste is cloves, raisins...great balance of spice and sweet (without being too cloying or overwhelming). Very festive.
Earlier Rating: 11/11/2014 Total Score: 3.7
Format: Bottle from Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA
Aroma: Cloves, cinnamon, burnt sugar, light pine
Taste: Mild sweetness up front, then earthy hops and a tangy sweetness left in the mouth
Palate: Tingly carbonation, light body
Overall: A solid option for those who enjoy the seasonal autumn / pumpkin beers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rami_pl (3146) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 5, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2017 Rami Rami is drinking a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (Our Special Ale) (2016) by Anchor Brewing Company at Konstruktorska Business CenterCola, galka muszkatulowa, migdaly, przyprawy jakiejs jeszcze, szuszone owoce a la kompot wigilijny kapke... Wanilia... Dziwne ale ciekawe i dobre. Niewiele ciala, gladkie, slodkie
Rami Rami: Cynamon? Jakies zelki anyzkowe?
Rami Rami: Lukrecja?
Rami Rami: Ryli dziwny ten aromat
Rami Rami: Troche sztuczny
Rami Rami: Ale fajny

Ocena potraktowana skryptem do przeliczania ocen (uzgodnienie UT/RB).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4598) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2016
12oz bottle. Darkest brown color with a thick lasting tan head. Aroma is more porter like, less spiced than usual, anise, molasses. Nice flavor, slight sweetness, dark chocolate, anise, slight bitterness. Big hints of Anchor Porter in this one. Some nutmeg and cardamom. Medium bodied and very smooth. Solid as usual. I like this take on it.
Earlier Rating: 2/4/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle at The Bruery, 2008 vintage. vertical with 2001 and 2002 vintages. Dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. Flavor is the same, malty with spices, not quite as mellow as the oldies but good. Medium-full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1848) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle. Loose mocha head. Deep mahogany body. Oak, cinnamon, sour cherry, black male, brown sugar, pine, yeast. Belgian style bittersweet. Dry finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/23/2011 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle. 2011 vintage. Reddish brown with a medium tan head. Rich red fruits, malt, alcohol, spice, nutmeg, gingerbread, treacle, licorice, red wine. Sweetish, not really any bitterness. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
heman (925) - Tychy, POLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Barwa brunatna, piana intensywna, szybko opada. Aromat suszonych owocw i kakao.W smaku lekko słodkawe, melasa, suszone owoce, niuanse gorzkiego kakao. Goryczka średniej wysokości, o przyprawowym charakterze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luneylane (147) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - NOV 30, 2016
A bottle from Bar Eleven near Tai Power station, drunk at home. Aroma: nutty, malty. Appearance: opaque dark brown, respectable tan head. Palate: full-bodied and thick. Lightly carbonated, very complex at the end. Taste: delicious, malty, almost buttery. I like it, a successful seasonal offering!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oskitarjarrita (46) - Sabadell, SPAIN - NOV 29, 2016
Botella. Cerveza de navidad. Tostada ligera y algo especiada. No mucho alcohol y fcil de beber.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chadski (128) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Very nice pour and nice deep dark color. Flavors are not the greatest with a slight hoppy bitterness. Will not be getting again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (5917) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Treated as a winter warmer, this was poured into a mug. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a great looking two finger white to off white foamy head. Slowly dissipates. Mild stringy lacing. The aroma leads with malty rich milk chocolate, and then subtle dark chocolate. Some graham cracker, subtle cinnamon, and vanilla also make a decent presence, ends with some dark fruits and brown sugar. The flavor leans to the sweet side combining all of those notes of the aroma. Nicely blended aftertaste of all of those components of the aroma into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Nice sturdy "winter" body. Moves malty sweet over my tongue. Rich and smooth. Overall, well done as always by Anchor, looking forward to age several of these. However, its too malty as an American Strong ale. I think its mislabeled. It should be a Winter Warmer.
Earlier Rating: 8/11/2014 Total Score: 3.9
2012 bottle reviewed in December of 2012 (sorry for the late review). This was initially poured into a pint glass but later had in a snifter. The only differences I noticed was the head was a bit messier and spottier along with the smells lasting just a tad longer in the snifter than the pint glass. Heres the rest. The appearance was a murky brown color (honestly, it kinda reminded me of brown sludge). Anyways, no hit, because I work with sludge from time to time, I guess Im just too used to it. One finger white foamy head dissipated in both glasses at a nice pace. The smells bitter cocoa bean, sweet licorice with a light ginger, and cinnamon and then allowing a decent allspice to come in. The taste was sweet, slightly bitter and having a decent Christmas spice to round things out a bit. Eventually an earthiness does come out. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body. Sessionable, I was hoping, but showing a decent sipping quality about it. Overall, though the recipe almost always seems to vary every year, I can almost never pass this up year after year.

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