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RATINGS: 1957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GraffitiVandal (150) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
ENG: 12fl. oz. from Liquor Mart in Winnipeg, poured into a glass. I am drinking a "Happy New Year 2014" labeled version, which have "best before" date 11/2016, looks strange, but maybe that’s the real such long term. Color is very dark brown - almost black, very clean. There was just a little yellow-brownish head which disappeared at once. No saturation. Very sweet aroma of ginger and caramel malts. In turn, cloves are most present in taste, but also spices, ginger and malt, with hint of champagne alcohol and maybe sweet coffee in the background. Some mild caramel/roasty bitter aftertaste - very nice, not arrears. This beer is not fascinating, but it’s decent. The aromas and taste are mild, and maybe that’s due to the 2014 version (so one year old). /////~~~~~///// !!! /////~~~~~///// PL: Butelka 12fl. oz. kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg, przelana do szkła. Jest to wersja z etykietą "Happy New Year 2014" z datą przydatności 11/2016, co wydaje mi się dość dziwne, ale może rzeczywiście to piwo ma tak długi termin przydatności. Kolor jest bardzo ciemno brązowy, niemal czarny z delikatnymi prześwitami. Bardzo klarowny. Piana ciemnożółto-beżowa, podczas nalewania ledwo się utworzyła i szybko zniknęła. Znikome nasycenie. Bardzo słodki aromat imbiru oraz karmelu. Z kolei w smaku zdecydowanie bardziej daje się odczuć goździki, później imbir i inne przyprawy, słodycz, z domieszką szampana / alkoholu, może nawet słodkiej kawy gdzieś w tle. Lekka goryczka karmelowo / palona w posmaku - przyjemna, nie zalegająca. Niestety to piwo nie zrobiło na mnie jakiegoś szczególnego wrażenia, jakiego spodziewałem się po piwie tego typu. Niemniej jednak piwo jest pijalne, delikatne. Aromaty i smak były bardzo dleikatne, co może mieć znaczenie, jeśli ta butelka faktycznie jest z przed roku (co można wywnioskować po etykiecie z 2014).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LetsGoState (685) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Appearance is medium tan head with brown color. Aroma is relatively sweet. Taste is sweet malt with hints of spice. Overall not the greatest winter beer - not enough to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (1673) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
355ml bottle at home. Somewhat reddish pale dark brown with a medium off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite bitter with some sweet tones. Malts, clove, caramel, brown sugar, some chocolate and red fruits. A decent winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mircoas (228) - ITALY - JAN 1, 2015
33cl @ bottle. Birra natalizia del birrificio di San Francisco. Scura, speziata e pure leggera grazie al poco alcol presente. Davvero buona.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1350) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
A great holiday ale. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells amazing, cloves, licorice and herbs. Taste is quite herby, with a bit of herbs and some hops in the finish. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4975) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle: Deep, red-brown with a solid light brown head. Caramel malt, nutmeg, cinnamon aroma. Taste is the same....cinnamon is nicely presented without overkill. Creamy, sweet, ..festive. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (976) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2014
25cl on tap @ Only good beer, Budapest. Body is dark brown, Head is large, rocky, beige, fully lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is herbs, Aroma is spicy, roasted, caramel, light ash, herbs, light resin. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Finish is average lasting light sweet, medium hoppy and roasty bitter. Medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation. Fine, interesting, feels like a porter and schwartz beer mixture with spices and herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenkiGonzo (660) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle, can’t remember where. Pours almost black, small off-white head. Aroma is mostly cinnamon with some herbs. Flavour is smooth, lots of cinnamon and caramel malts, some herbs to soften it and make sure it isn’t too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
two7offsuit (373) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malt and spice. Taste is thin malt with some spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerardgathier (512) - - DEC 30, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

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