RATINGS: 2080   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sirchugsalot (3) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 15, 2011
I served mine in a shaker...I did not have a tumbler or a lager glass handy at the time ....Apperance Dark copper ...Smell was of fruit ,gingerbread,all spice,apple cinnamon,graham cracker,and a little orange peel zest.Taste was just amazing it explodes with flavors on your tongue the backdrop was gingerbread and all spice!!!Overall the best beer that i have had in long time I have had beers malt liqours ETC but i had to log on to do a review on this!! Saturday im going to go get more if I can find a bottle..

angel77 (3484) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 15, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2017 Botella 33 cl en el Lúpulo Oviedo diciembre 2011. Edición 2010. Fcpref 09..2012. (r2111). Maltosos muy especiados, recuerdos de anises y algunos enebros. Cuerpo medio fino, espumoso. 5.5 vol suaves. Original.

hauxe (832) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2017
2015 vintage. Pours mahogany from the bottle. The crown is thick and frothy. Aroma is toffee, red berry, port wine. Taste is a bit tart, mildly bitter, spicy, oddly void of sweetness given the aroma, weird. Body approaches being medium, but also oddly thin at times. Interesting, but it failed to grow on me.

Erzengel (8852) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2017
2009 vintage. Intense plums and dry cake. Bready grainy body with dry dried fruits - cherries and plums, Round with no bitterness and a moderate sweetish malty aroma in the and. Very round, but probably too long matured.

hawthorne00 (3983) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2017
2016 bottle, 12C. Very dark brown with a light tan head that fades to a coat. Aroma of strong bread, brown sugar, dried banana, spices - mace, nutmeg etc. Spices are by no means domineering. A bit lighter bodied than expected. Only a little sweet with bread, dried fruit and spices before a modestly bitter finish. Very nice with subtle depth, but hoped for a little bit more grunt for 6.5%

loscovar (393) - Villeneuvette, FRANCE - JUL 15, 2017
Vintage 2016 Bottle from saveur Bière. Warm summer nigth and winter beer.. It works! Exellent complex dried fruit aroma, winter spices taste. Good

mrjaxson (596) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Popped the cap and unleashed a real spice bomb of an ale. It borders on a dense perfume aroma with no traditional ale scents present. A course, thick body with a thin finish. This was a bottle from the 2016 vintage, 6.5% ABV. Maybe 2016 was a bad recipe but I don’t anticipate buying this again.

bwy (89) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Malt blend gives off that dry fruit and molasses. Comes through with the festive spirit. Gets better when warms up a bit. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 64

jtclockwork (16663) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle 2010 - pours brown with tan head - nose and taste of molasses, toffee, caramel, spice - medium body

19Oracolo78 (208) - ITALY - APR 29, 2017
Birra dal colore scuro, schiuma beige, fine e non persistente. Al naso sentori di caffe, malto tostato, caramello e spezie. Al palato moderatamente corposa con note di caffe, toffe e coriandolo. Nel finale rimane dolce e abbastanza stucchevole. In ogni caso una buona birra.

labeerinthum (891) - Milano, ITALY - APR 11, 2017
[as Anchor Brewing Merry Christmas 2016 Happy New Year] Bottiglia. Il gusto al naso ritrova liquirizia, orzo tostato e speziato. L’intensità olfattiva è elevata e la persistenza olfattiva è apprezzabile. Il cappello di schiuma abbondante ha una lunga persistenza e finisce con pizzo lungo il bordo del bicchiere. La grandezza delle bollicine è media. Il colore è scuro impenetrabile. Il corpo è strutturato non pesante. Il dolce è medio e l’amaro è medio: non si surclassano. L’intensità gustativa è elevata e la persistenza gustativa è buona. Il gusto è piacevole. Il finale è pulito. Il retrogusto è di media intensità. Sul palato si depositano impressioni di caramello, miele, agrumi, frutta secca e pino.

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