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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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmanock (36) - - APR 8, 2014
about as perfect a beer for me as you could get. especially when aged a few years, this beer is in my top 5. what can i say? the dark fruit and spice of this is awesome. mulled wine and nutmeg aroma with a body that tastes a lot like plum, dark cherry, cinnamon and sugar. just the right bitterness to balance. this beer ages very well and the aging will mellow out the piney bitterness and let more of the dark fruit flavors come through.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iggynelix (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2015
This is one of my seasonal favorites and 2016s ale is among the best in class. Pours dark mahogany but clear with a rich tan head. Molasses and ginger notes are strongest on the nose and palate. I five a hint of feral nose and there might be a slight umami flavour add well. Yummy...Santa, I need a case of this.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
This blew me away. The aroma is nothing short of miraculous. I had to look twice to make sure this was a beer. My wife said it is heavy on the plum, but that may be teaberry as others have notted. The balance of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and the malt sweet overtones are nearly perfect. WOW!!!!!!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebeerroom (8) - Brazoria, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2014 does not count
Every year during the holiday season, Anchor Brewing releases their Merry Christmas/Happy New Year seasonal ale. Each year they tweek their recipe and put a different tree on the label. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jybi (237) - FRANCE - JAN 17, 2017
Voici une belle surprise avec cette Merry Christmas 2016 Happy New Year de chez Anchor. Mme si le titrage alcoolique est un peu faible (6,5% Abv) pour une bire hivernale et que celui-ci aurait gagn tre augmente pour renforcer la puissance de la bire, celui-ci est bien utilis pour rsultat une bire harmonieuse, juste et agrable. Ltiquette prsente une approche un peu diffrente des classiques, avec une nouvelle anne sous le signe de la renaissance et du symbole de larbre pour le solstice dhiver. Je vais tre plus terre terre et mintresser notre breuvage qui doit tre avant tout festif ! En verre, notre Anchor, prsente une belle robe dun brun profond et se pare dune multitude de fines bulles la rendant des plus gracieuses. Une mousse beige, nappe convenablement la bire de 3 5 mm dpaisseur. Le nez est trs beau se portant sur la cerise, le pruneau et le caf sur de jolies notes pices de rglisse et de cannelle procurant une sensation de vin chaud. Lattaque sur le malt, le caramel et le rglisse est un peu en dedans mais prpare bien lentre en matire de lamertume qui est douce sur des notes de caf. Larrire bouche sintgre quant elle parfaitement bien, soyeuse sur des armes de cerise et de candi. Lensemble est trs chaleureux et parfaitement homogne. Le final laisse quant lui sexprimer des notes de cherry avec des belles variations autour de la rglisse. La longueur, malgr les 6,5 % Abv est trs correct. En conclusion, il sagit ici dune trs belle bire qui brille par son quilibre. Avec un peu plus de puissance et un brin de complexit en plus, je ne serai pas rest sur terre...je serai mont sur le pin!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerowulf (106) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Served from Magnum bottle. 2008 vintage. Dark brown with 2 finger head. Sweet and roasty taste and a great smooth finish. 2008 was a good year for this one!!!!!!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LKT1983 (112) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2012 bottle. What a difference in taste from anything else Ive had lately. Hard to describe the taste from a sample, but I loved it.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beeracolyte (51) - Katowice, POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Piwo kupione w Piwo Regionalne Katowice na Mariackiej. Edycja na 2014 rok. Ciemne piwo z rubinowymi refleksjami. Piana ?adnie budzi szk?o, chocia? jest obecna tylko w postaci kr??ka. Przyprawowowy aromat - go?dziki,cynamon, ga?ka muszkata?owa, any?(chyba) i jaka? mniej s?odka przyprawa. Smak to jeden wielki festiwal przypraw. Jest piernikowy ale same piwo jest wytrawne. Poza przyprawami w tle czu? lekk? ciasteczkowo?? od s?odw. Bardzo z?o?one i bardzo dobre piwo.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (1643) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Malt and spices, real pleasing Appearance- A reddish-black with a small off-white head Taste- Once again the malt and spices are present. this time they are in the flavor and they deliver: very nice Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An excellent version of a winter warmer


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