RATINGS: 2053   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Pours a really nice ruby/brown with a two finger tan head that fades slowly to a nice cap, and leaves tons of lacing on the sides of my glass as I drink it. Smell; cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of chocolate and a little pine tree. It smells sweet, and the spices definitely make me think of the holidays. Taste; the spices hit first, cinnamon and ginger, caramel, a little bit of pine tree, and just enough of a hop bite to it. I also get a little vanlla as it gets warmer. Its not as sweet as the smell would have led me to believe, which Im thankful for. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body, and very smooth. I find that I have to make myself slow down a little as I drink this. I picked up a bottel to try since Ive never had this before, now Im going to have to go out and get more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
Bottle. Very dark chestnut with huge, tan and very stable head, dragging excellent lace. Aroma is awesome with the spices being in your face without being overpowering. I get licorice, clove , cinnamon and worchestershire sauce. Flavor is lightly roasted and malty with a long roasted aftertaste. The spices are only barely noticeable - just as I like my spiced beers. A bit watery in the mouth and a bit too fizzy, but not enough to distract you from the qualities of this brew. Very good for a spiced beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2014
35,5 cl bottle from etregourmet.be. This 2013 edition pours dark brown with a large creamy, beige head that stays up. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and orange. Flavour is malty with dark, bitter chocolate and spices. Creamy mouthfeel with a very long spiced aftertaste that after 5 min changes to dark bitter chocolate. Some alcohol warmth as well. Well brewed and a nice different beer.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolfunnj (366) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2016
as always wonderful cinnamon nutmeg and gingerbread aroma with a caramel note also..dark brown no light passes thru with tan filmy head and lacing..taste a little more hoppy(pine) than apparent in the nose with the abovementioned cinnamon ginger flavors as well burnt malts and smoke apparent as well surprisingly dry finish..light-medium bodied long dry finish with a coka cola like aftertaste this isnt my favorite one could use more sweetness and is even slightly harsh,still unusual and tasty though, a hop fan may rate this higher (2015 batch)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
naivepegasus (366) - USA - NOV 20, 2008
2008 version. pours a dark brown with about two fingers of tan, slowly dissipating head. Sweet raisin and sweet fruit odor. Lots of spice, I taste, cinnamon, pumpkin and clove. Interesting, I kind of dig it, its good for a nice cold.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a rich dark brown with a full, light brown head. Complex; with fruit, nut, and coffee notes. Just the right amount of bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2014
The Anchor Merry Christmas, Happy New Year pours a dark brown color with a frothy tan brown head that doesnt linger too long. The aroma features a lovely mixture of raisin, cranberries, cinnamon and pine. The flavor is cranberry, cinnamon, pine and molasses. Overall this is a very solid brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alomtnez (365) - SPAIN - FEB 16, 2015
Brownish frothy medium head, diminishing. Aroma is prune, ripe fruit and toasted malt. Redish dark brown. Clear medium body. Taste is roasted malt, spicy (cinnamon, ginger), citric, prune. Oily texture, medium carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly acid with dry bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jnkor (364) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Aroma is a thick sweet, but with a bit of must. Color is a deep dark red with a small lasting white head. The taste is slightly sweet, but bitter and has a little gummy edge. The palate is thick with carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle. Poured very dark crimson with a nice frothy head that never completely went away. Aroma is a little light, but good. Milk chocolate, cinnamon, peat, caramel and slight spiciness. Very nice flavor, very balanced among many different constituents. Smoke, peat, bakers chocolate, toffee, malt, cinnamon, spices and even a subtle English hop presence. Very good.


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