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RATINGS: 2080   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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wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
dark brown with a tan head. aroma green pine. flavor weak bitter pine. finish bitter mild spice and pine. watery fizzy mouthfeel. not good. almost a drain pour.

3.5
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
2007 bottle, exp 1 - 1/2 months ago ... Smells just like the Brooklyn winter ale I had yesterday, nice and winter ale spicy but not too asaulting on the nose like I expect of winter ale. Very dark, you need a bright light behind it to see the red. Nice head on pour. The full malt flavour takes a moment or two to really set in the flavour and then the spices become more noticable. Quite mellow, I suspect due the to age of this bottle. A bit too easy on the smooth side of the palate, I had expected a bit more bubbles but again I suspect the age to be the culprit. I’d expect at least 0.3 more point for a proper bottle.

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njnut (486) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Poured from bottle to lager glass a bottle brown with huge tan head that lasted. Plenty of tan lace. Aroma was a wonderful spice infused malt that was not overbearing. Really a nice change from the pumpkin spice bombs of the fall. There were notes of spice, vanilla, malt, and clove in the taste. Well done and something that changes a bit year to year and I look foward to it.

3.5
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Pinecones, cloves, cinnamon nose. Pine, sweet taste with plenty of spice. Finishes with bittersweet chocolate, some tartness. Smells and tastes like christmas. However a Florida christmas smells like tequila, vomit, and pork. Brew that up next year.

3.3
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Poured an attractive dark brown with slightly off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma is a bit spicy and also malty. Taste was okay, nothing really stood out to me, except there seems to be a mint flavored finish to it. Beer is very smooth and easy to drink, but the flavor is just not really my cup of tea. Not bad, but I have to say I’m a little disappointed.

3.6
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Poured reddish/dark brown with tan head, left some nice lacing. Aroma is great, very malty, with hints of brown sugar and spice. Smells better than it tastes. Not bad tasting, but promised more from the aroma. Taste is roasted malt, somewhat porter/stout-like. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery. Pretty good, but aroma made a promise that the flavor didn’t follow through with!

3.6
Brewbie (479) - 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
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
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Pours a dark brown-almost black color with thick, foamy and dark head. Spicy aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of raisin and gingerbread. Very spicey ale but with very little hoppiness or malt for that matter. Very slight caramel maltiness in the back, but it mostly tastes like gingerbread. Not a bad beer, but its lack of beer character makes it rather one-dimensional.

3.5
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


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