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RATINGS: 2124   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jantonius (8) - USA - JAN 1, 2013
Anchor Christmas 2012 (Our Special Ale) is the best I have had in 5-7 years. The ale had hints of Juniper and Sasparilla, I love Anchor’s line of ales, they keep the classics consistent and have come out with some nice limited releases.


3.4
yodapl (104) - POLAND - JAN 16, 2018
Czarne z czapą beżowej piany. Dość duże wysycenie, piwko syczało sążnie przy nalewaniu. W aromacie mix biszkoptu, anyżu i mieszanki przypraw. Gładki posmak z nutą przyprawowej ostrości na finiszu, pozostawia po sobie garbnikowy posmak, będąc jednocześnie słodkawe.

3.1
VDuquerroux (1954) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - JAN 15, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018. 2017 Bottle, 355mL. 6.7%. Purchase ("La Cervoiserie", @Poitiers, FR). Home. A black opaque beer with a big beige foamy head ; average retention ; ok lacing. Roasted, cinnamon(+), caramel notes, prune notes, some licorice. Light sweet, light dry refreshing spicy, bitter note. Medium body, thin texture, soft gaseous, dry refreshing spicy finish. Overall, correct ; slightly disappointing.

4.5
Cordoba (2) - - JAN 7, 2018 does not count
Anchor Christmas ale fra 2014, drukket januar 2018. Har altså ligget 3 år i kælderen. Vinøs, næsten sherryagtig i næsen, lakrids og blomme. Går igen i smagen, sammen med lidt grannål fra humlen. En dejlig juleøl der ikke er spor klistret eller sød. Flot øl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
smroush (310) - Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2018
Aromas of dark dried fruits (plum, black currents); winter/pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg,cinnamon, clove, allspice) aromas are clear but not overwhelming. Color is black; even the edges are very dark brown. Medium sized tan head. Taste is fairly dry and fairly bitter. Medium bodied; carbonation is somewhat lively. Finish is fairly long, with dried fruit, winter spices, carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this is a pretty good beer. It has some complexity with spice, roasted flavors, dried fruits; the overall dryness and lively carbonation work well with beer.

3.4
peponi (2103) - Strzelce Wielkie, POLAND - JAN 4, 2018
Aroma: spicy and herbal, nutmeg. Appearance: Brown color and creamy head. Taste: spicy, nutmeg, roasted dark malts, spruce, cola, herbal, rather dry. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation. Overall: no idea what should I expect. A decent beer.

3.5
Smithld1 (350) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2018
2017 edition. Darker than expected. A little thin but tasty. A bit spicy, quite bitter. Decent depth. A good but not stunning effort.

3.8
randy1969 (115) - Marengo, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2018
Aroma of cola, roasty malt, licorice, holiday spices. A brown color, fairly clear but dark, and with a frothy, brown head. The flavor was medium sweet. Medium body, smooth, creamy texture

4.3
thmsboyd (218) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2018
2015 Edition. 355mL bottle BBE: 08.2017. Served in a tulip glass @ 16ºC. Pours a deep, dark, almost black body with a medium, tight, creamy, tan head giving complete coverage with moderate lacing. Medium intensity aroma, dominated by a rich, sweet, caramelised, treacle toffee smell, and livened by plum, pine needles and bran flakes. Hints of liquorice. To taste, a suggestion of fruity acidity is replaced by a lasting, medium burnt toffee sweetness, savoury notes and dry oak. Medium bodied with a creamy finish, medium-high carbonation and a soft liquorice candy finish. An interesting beer in great condition, just dominated a little too much by a treacle toffee flavour. Otherwise flawless. Cheers and a Happy New Year to Craig for the bottle.

3.4
jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2017
2017. 6.7%. Black. Mineral sweetness.mild chocolate.Taste is roast char. Acidic bitter. Bordering astringent. Acidic stout like. Minerally bitter. Like a dubble , stout but more stout or heavy Porter. Doubt I would care for a sixer of this.

3.3
Nocturne (2238) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2017
2016 bottle. Dark appearance with light brown foam. Taste is burnt, twiggy, spicy, liquorice. Decent but I expected a bit more.


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