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RATINGS: 2107   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (352) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - DEC 6, 2013
Aromas sumamente interesantes, y los cuales te hacen saber que ests ante una gran cerveza. Color obscuro, profundo, turbia. En el aroma las principales notas son herbales destacando notas a pino. Al paladar el pino vuelve a hacerte presente, junto con notas especiadas. En general excelente cerveza.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Anchor Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2015 is one great present. Dark pour with a thick off-white head that lasts. Aroma of caramel. Taste is spices and caramel with a smooth finish. Very tasty. Get this gift while it lasts!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6630) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2016
From a giant bottle, shared with friends. Dark and stout-like, hinting a lurking monster. The baseline is a definitive rich roast and darkly toasted grain. Then theres an artistic layer of Christmas spices, a bit of nutmeg, maybe a little cinnamon. (#6471, 12/24/2016)
Earlier Rating: 1/3/2010 Total Score: 3.1
2009 version, bottled. Dark and murky with an oozing head of tight foam. The aroma is intriguing -- spicy, yet belying a sweet cooked sugar underbelly. This drinks with an equally odd counter balance of a super-sweet base, tinged with tickles of herbs and spices. I think now I ought to have laid this down for a while. (#3785, 1/3/2010)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a very deep, dark brownish red with a poofy brown head and almost zero opacity. Smell is rich of allspice, christmas cookies, some metallic notes, cinnamon, cloves and roastyness. Caramel and a slight woodyness comes through as well. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter, but most of the bitterness coming from the toasted malt and spices. Huge nutmeg and cinnamon with hints of ginger and beautiful maillard qualities. Finishes with a lovely spice linger. This will age phenomenally.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (520) - - FEB 1, 2013
Spruce, Cinnamon, Licorice, Spices and Malts. The flavor itself reminds me of Christmas and and Pine Trees. Body is light and carbonation is just right, giving it a easy and crisp drinkability. Overall one of the best Winter Warmer ales Ive had yet!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (5073) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2016 2016 edition: Now 6.5% ABV! Inky black with a thick tan head. It has a spiced currant, plum, chocolate and Christmas spiced flavour followed by a smooth cinnamon and spiced finish. Excellent! 2015 edition aged for a year. Cloudy black, thick tan head spicy red fruity and chocolate with a smooth roasted, vanilla and spiced Christmas fruits on the finish. Very good. 2015 Blended bottles from 2006 and 2014. Drank 2015-12-24, aged for 8 1/2 years. Hazy very dark brown-black with liquorice, sherry, currants and slight sour red fruity flavours. Leather and slight sarsaparilla on the finish. Aged pretty well. 2013, 2014, 2015: An extremely dark brown-black beer with ruby red highlights. Sarsaparilla, blackcurrant, vanilla and orange blossom flavours with chocolate, liquorice, pine and a sweet floral hoppy spicy finish. Superb! 2012: Drank after being aged for around 3 years. Black-brown in colour with ruby red highlights and a thin white head. It has gentle cola, red fruit, spice and sarsaparilla flavours followed by a creamy citrus fruit and chocolate flavour. Not as zesty and full flavoured as when young, but more subtle and rounded. Still Excellent! 2009 Bottle from Hi-Spirits, Knaresborough. 2009 bottle aged for 4 years. Dark brown in colour with dark chocolate and floral flavours, orange notes and a sweet bubblegum finish. 2006: Drank in 2014, aged for around 7 1/2 years. Hazy dark brown with sherry, currants and slight sour red fruity flavours. Leather and slight vinegar notes are followed by creamy wet paper and sarsaparilla on the finish. Not as good as a younger vintage.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (1186) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Bottle. Black with frothy head. Spicy aroma, maybe cinnamon. Mouthfeel is effervescent, bubbly, and spicy. Sweet at first, then some alcohol late. Some dark spice as well, maybe clove. Weirdly has a chocolate taste. A very good Christmas beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fourstrings (57) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Dark brown beer with very nice beige head. Dry, with strong hint of dried cherries, spices to gingerbread, chocolate and little bit of coffee too. Nice alcohol note that warms up throat. Low bitterness. Very great christmas 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
After humming and hawing for a couple of months, I finally bit the bullet and got me one of these. It wasnt that I was worried if I would like it, but simply because a massive magnum of ale seemed like a bit of overkill for someone with no friends to share it with. Ah well. Beer me. Pours a dark, dark chestnut, bordering on stout-black, with a rich and creamy off-white head that is in no hurry to dissipate this side of the millennium. Nose of sweet treacle and wintry spices, faint mint for some reason, though I may be wrong. Flavour picks up on the sweet treacle and spices, sweet and pleasant and mellow, ending on a vanilla biscuit note. This is definitely the sort of beer I would enjoy on a Soltice Night. I will look forward to it with pleasure this year.


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