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 13/20
BeerBiker (1415) - Odense, - SEP 15, 2009
[Bought at UTO-beer, Borough Market, London.] A good thirstquencher for autumn-times. Not that christmas-sweet-like as the belgian ones, but more like an original ale added with spices, but a goodone is it indeed. Brown look with offw. head and notes of weak spices as cardamomme, cinnamon, some wood. Light and easy drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwy (80) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (16242) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle 2010 - pours brown with tan head - nose and taste of molasses, toffee, caramel, spice - medium body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Oracolo78 (182) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
labeerinthum (804) - 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. Lintensit olfattiva elevata e la persistenza olfattiva apprezzabile. Il cappello di schiuma abbondante ha una lunga persistenza e finisce con pizzo lungo il bordo del bicchiere. La grandezza delle bollicine media. Il colore scuro impenetrabile. Il corpo strutturato non pesante. Il dolce medio e lamaro medio: non si surclassano. Lintensit gustativa elevata e la persistenza gustativa buona. Il gusto piacevole. Il finale pulito. Il retrogusto di media intensit. Sul palato si depositano impressioni di caramello, miele, agrumi, frutta secca e pino.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vells (1808) - Rīga, LATVIA - APR 1, 2017
Not a fan of overspiced brews, but this one is very nice. Rich maltiness, caramel, bubble gum, pine, light cocoa, cinnamon, dark dried fruits. Moderate sweetness with moderate to light bitterness Well balanced, quite interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
szymonskc (855) - Skrcz, POLAND - MAR 17, 2017
Rocznik 2016. Zapach średnio intensywny, lukrecja, przyprawy, suszone owoce, karmel. Kolor ciemnobrązowy, klarowne. Piana niska, drobna, szybko znika. W smaku umiarkowana słodycz, średnia pełnia, pierniki, cynamon, przyprawy, karmel, suszone owoce, paloność. Goryczka niska, wysycenie średnie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4544) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Always a fan of the anchor Christmas brews. Rich and malty with a solid blend of spices, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sharp lay bitter hops to lend some zing.
Earlier Rating: 11/17/2012 Total Score: 4.3
Anchors 2012 iteration is a solid outing from the brewery. The same bitter backbone and pungent aroma. Heavy on the spice, esp. nutmeg, but also has some caramel and bread in the flavor. Tried at the Burger Stand in November, 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donandres (527) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle 1.5L poured to wine glass Appearance: Amber with medium off white head, minimal lacing Aroma: Malty Taste: Bitter, very good follow through Mouthfeel: creamy, a bit over carbonated Overall: Very good beer drank: 1/8/2017

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Manslow (1568) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Butelka 355ml. Alk 6,5% z 2016roku. Kolor ciemny, nieprzejrzysty, piana solidna trzyma się dobrze ale mogłaby trochę dłużej.Aromat mocny, lukrecja oraz wszystkie aromaty piernika, smakuje wyśmienicie, wysycenie bardzo dobre, słodkie w smaku, bardzo dobre piwo chociaż nie przepadam za edycjami świątecznymi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
R4N5H (1111) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2017
35.5cl bottle poured into a snifter on 1-Feb-2017. Dark brown with a medium sized beige coloured head. Aroma of sweet malt, spices and cocoa, Medium body and carbonation. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Light bittersweet malty finish. Enjoyable seasonal.

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