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RATINGS: 2104   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1844) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle. Loose mocha head. Deep mahogany body. Oak, cinnamon, sour cherry, black male, brown sugar, pine, yeast. Belgian style bittersweet. Dry finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/23/2011 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle. 2011 vintage. Reddish brown with a medium tan head. Rich red fruits, malt, alcohol, spice, nutmeg, gingerbread, treacle, licorice, red wine. Sweetish, not really any bitterness. Dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (2197) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2016
2006 bottle thanks to Douglas. A: Pure black with a cappuccino head. N: Cola, all-spice, pumpkin malt, minerality, oxidation, some toffee, and a good amount of clove. T: Sweet and a bit spicy. M: Medium body, no alcohol, soft carbonation. O: Still going. This has aged decently, though I wouldnt let it go any farther before consuming lest it fall apart.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madnorwegian (203) - FRANCE - DEC 14, 2016
Really enjoyed this one. Often Xmas brews are too boozy and sweet. This one has malty fruitiness but also nice crisp bitterness. A good one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
szymonskc (831) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
labeerinthum (770) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
very dark almost black pour with a nice grey head. cinnamon cookie aroma with some maple syrup nutmeg is a major player here. first thing i noticed was not the flavor, but how thin this was. that surprises me. some bitter sweet cocoa floats around with some almond notes. nutmeg, and sugar cookie fill in the rest. im glad the seaonals are here.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 (12-6-05, draft) Clear mahogany body with creamy tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, nutmeg, some juniper, chocolate, cherry. Taste is medium sweet, nutmeg, cherry, grape, juniper, some molasses, light chocolate. Smooth medium body, very drinkable. Much better than my first time trying it. (7/4/7/4/14)

(11-27-05, bottle) Crystal clear dark red-brown body with nice tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutmeg, molasses. Taste is medium sweet, molasses, nutmeg, light earthy, caramel. Watery medium body, light stickiness. (5/5/6/3/11)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Pours very dark with a nice brown head. The aroma is of spices and nuts with a hint of gingerbread I would say. The flavor is more of a nutty, gingerbread kind - this makes the beer somewhat sticky. Not my favorite Holiday ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4597) - Holbk, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Bottle, at home. Brown with light brown head, mostly diminishing, no lacings. Aroma moderate malty, hoppy and spicy (burnt, licorice, clove, cinnamon). Flavor moderate sweet, moderate to heavy bitter/spicy/dry. Light to medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Definitely a Christmas ale, but not in balance! -- Draught at Delirium Cafe, vintage 2007. Redbrown with ok lacings. Aroma moderate/heavy malty (caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, licorice). Really nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle poured a clear dark mahogany with a large, lasting brown head. Aromas of carmel, coffee, vanilla and spices. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and spices with a hint of smoke and a smooth finish.


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