RATINGS: 2068   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 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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3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Deep Dark Brown, not quite black but pretty darn close. THe head is big and foamy with a pinkish tint. Very little aroma. The nose is very lite, not much in the way of hops. But it peeks to a nice mellow malty flavor. There are traces of nutmeg, and coffee. Very unique. A pretty good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Anchor xmas 2006dark chocolate color, not a strong nose, chewy body, a bright malty beer that tastes of raw cookie dough slightly bitter finish Anchor xmas 2007 app 9 nose 8 taste 8 body 3 overall 16 12 oz. glass bottle- color of deep reddish brown, with a lingering coffee colored head - nose of malt, nutmeg, bubblegum, and wisp of hops taste of malt, coffee, some spiced and hint of bitterness- body is medium to full, and slightly oily, and with medium to high carbonation aftertaste of coffee grounds , and dark chocolate

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Well, a decidedly interesting brew. More complexity than I expect from an ale. The boquet of this one gives something away immediately--it smells vaguely of pine. Sure enough, the flavor betrays a bit of lemon zest on the back of the tongue, a hint of nutmeg, and an overtaste of spruce. Not so bad as one might think, though nothing I would want in a daily drinker. Worth trying once though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2007
Draught. Black, small white head. Spicy and dry. The spices dominate, maybe a bit too much? Is it ginger? Medium body. Interesting beer but some might not like it due to the Christmas spices.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (478) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
2010. 12oz bottle. dark with ruby highlights, small, foamy tan head. light spice and caramel in the aroma. cloves, little ginger in the taste, spicy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicowv (478) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
12 oz bottle: Thanks Ben! Pours a nice caramel brown with a light head and nice CO2 release. Aroma is light but I had a cold. Taste is nice and smooth with a light spice of raisin, licorice, allspice, etc. Easy drinker with just enough, but not too much spice. Nicely carbonated and a smooth finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Very cool looking. Deep garnet with lots of foamy tan head. Nose is mad gingerbread, along with some pine, dark malts, and light spicing. Taste is different, but nice. Starts out with some nice semisweet malts and then progresses to involve ginger, light hops, cinnamon, pine, a nice sourness, and some chocolate. More chocolate undertones, its tart and bitter near the end. A good effort. Not a cookie cutter Christmas ale by any means, and by far the most complex. Cant really drink more than one of these in a setting, but I will enjoy my sixer within the next couple weeks.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2006
2006 batch. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma of grains, spice and yeast. Big malt flavor and mild carbonation. Accented with coffee, some chocolate and a berry in the finish. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2005
On tap at The Village Tap. Poured nice and dark with a thin head. Lots of coffee, burnt wood, clove, and other spices. Finishes with a really nice hop kick that really makes this one stand out. This is good one that makes the impending cold a bit easier to take.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2008
12oz bottle poured into an English pint, starting temperature is 39 degrees F. AOSA 2008 pours dark burgundy with a medium-sized off-white head. This is a pretty beer. The aroma consists of mild hops, spicy nutmeg, a hint of mint. The flavor is very spicy. The flavors tend to sit on the beer rather than blend with the beer. The flavors include nutmeg and pepper with a thin caramel base. The beer could be a bit thicker to help absorb the spices. The finish is spicy and leaves the feeling of raw ingredients in your mouth.


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