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RATINGS: 2105   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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3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DoubleEh (12) - - DEC 18, 2012
Bit strange. Pours a nice clear dark brown with a big frothy head that lingers. Lots of spice in the nose .... Nutmeg maybe? Taste follows suit with a good dose of Xmas spice upfront. Bit of sweet malt underneath. Reminded me a bit of gingerbread. Little bit of piney hops to finish it off. Remarkably light in body, surprisingly so. Overall a bit of an enigma for me .... Not sure if I love it or hate it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Oracolo78 (172) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
labeerinthum (774) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vells (1795) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
szymonskc (835) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4484) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donandres (515) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Manslow (1534) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
R4N5H (1077) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HourGlass13 (785) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is grainy malt, alcohol, dark fruit, some yeast. The flavor is moderate sweet, with a healthy dose of spices, earthy and organic. Rich and smooth, some dark fruits, and hop bitter, with a slight smoke hint. Medium heavy bodied with average carbonation. A real nice ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thorongil2 (2837) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2017
(Tap) clear, bright dark reddish amber colour with a small brown head; aroma of milk chocolate, hint of jam, then roast and chocolate liqueur; smooth palate; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish


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