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RATINGS: 1962   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2961) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Draft sampler pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, caramel, toffee and spice. Taste is cinnamon, malts and nutmeg.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olliejobbins (1447) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2015
355ml bottle, 2014. pours a brownish ruby with quite a large cream coloured head. aroma is spices, malts and caramel. taste is alright... spices, cloves and prunes. not really my thing at all though and difficult to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RW80 (1382) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2015
355 ml bottle. -2013version. Appearance: redish dark brown, with a offwhite creamy head, good retention and thin but good patterns of lacing. Aroma: Ginger , sweet malts,cinnamon,nutmeg. Taste: Ginger malts, the spices and then ginger and a hint of chocolate.and roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Odd Sweetness. (sweet, but not cloying sweeet)Odd taste. thin-medium body, soft carbonation. Odd brew, and the taste is not for everyone, but I like how it stands out and brings something new, allthough lacking some refinement.in the taste profile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SNL (447) - - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black pour, small tan head. Sweet grapey nose, with a lot of spice. A note of red wine. Taste is the same, but with a slightly sour note. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YigSvartka (227) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
Opaque brown, mid sized head/retention. Acutely prominent aroma consisting of malt, vanilla, caramel, and much cinnamon and nutmeg. Mid bodied and creamy. Unique taste. Initially smooth caramel and malt with some mild spice, followed by a slightly bitter and sour combination of cocoa and spice. Interesting but not outstanding.

   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 (702) - 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 (1795) - 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 (237) - 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 (1379) - 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.

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