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RATINGS: 2110   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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4.2
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 doesn’t 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.

4
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, baker’s chocolate, toffee, malt, cinnamon, spices and even a subtle English hop presence. Very good.

3.1
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.

3.7
ElCapitan22 (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Pours a dark brown color with excellent lacing. Has very nice head retention as well. Tastes malty and of the usual winter spices. A nice Xmas beer!

3.8
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Deep mahogany brown with thick foamy tan head. Sweet aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce. Sweet fruit, cherry flavor with brown sugar malt background. Smooth palate.

3.2
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
2009 bottle. Deep dark brown in color. nice malty flavor. Can taste the nutmeg and it’s not to strong. lots of other soft spices. finish stays in the mouth for awhile. Good but not great.

4.1
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 2007:
Aroma: sweet, nectar, lilac, dark malts, sweet yoghurt, woodland strawberry, distinct floweriness and sourishness. Absolutely wonderful.
Flavour: very balanced, sweet, malty with a sourish bitterness. Absolutely outstanding. Honey, roasted malt and long, powerful aftertaste. Some chocolate-like flavours can be sensed in the malt and some bitter almond-funkiness aswell (probably from the hops). Flowery. If it only were a bit heavier…
Appearance: superdark red towards brownish black with yellowish-beige, fine head leaving a smooth film.
Palate: wonderful, thick. Perhaps a bit more carbonation than I’d wish for, but overall very good, especially for such a light beer.

2006:
Aroma (8): wonderful, nectar, lilac, smoky, wort, chocolate, malt, honey. Good, fresh hops.
Appearance(4): extremely dark brown, beige yellow head - fluffy w/ fine bubbles.
Flavour(7): perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness, slightly sourish, good hopflavour, slightly papery.
Palate(4): soft, fluffy, slimy, some stinging co2 that cuts through.
Overall: 15 - Total: 3.8

2005:
Aroma (9): malt, nectar, honey (as in yoghurt), lilac, hops, wild strawberry, wortbread, chocolate toffee.
Appearance (4): Dark, dark, dark brown w/ beige yellow head.
Flavour (8): Sweet, wort, malty, bitter, wonderful, well balanced.
Mouthfeel (4): refreshing, cooling, warming for the soul, rich.
Overall: 16 - Total: 4.1

3.9
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
aroma is spicy. like a cinnamon roll. this beer is fucking delish. taste is rum-like and carroty. beatiful black baby of mine.

3.2
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Bottle from Trinity Liquors in Spring Hill, FL. Aroma of spices and cinnamon. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Flavor isnt as spicy as the aroma...more like a porter...some wood...some smoke...a little cinnamon, but nothing sticks out enough...Pretty nice on the palate. Overall...its alright...just nothing "special" by any means...I wouldnt by it again...but its not bad.


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