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RATINGS: 2032   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 28, 2012
2011 vintage: Aroma: Liquorice, burnt caramel, blackberries, figs, raisins, tobacco, pine wood,cinnamon, medicinal notes and more. Really nice interplay. Mouthfeel: Big and foamy, medium carbonation. Taste: Balanced taste. Dry. Whoa, lots of unidentified spices. Bitter on the top of the tongue with an earthy, herbal quality. Finish: Coffee touches with a long, long dry finish. A small amount of tartness, too. Overall: Truly special. Not my fave, but still I can appreciate it for the great, memorable beer it is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boisebeerguy (153) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Good spice aroma and taste to this beer. Not to heavy for how dark it is. I’m always happy to see this on the shelf.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sharkbcr (152) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Dark brown color. Modest head. Slight malt and cinnamon aroma. Taste is malty with hint of chocolate and cinnamon. Finish is clean. A little disappointed, for beer this dark in color the palate texture is a bit thin. Not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
My bottle was 2006... brand new. Smells and looks a lot like soy sauce...add some strong ale aromas. Tastes okay. Not terrible...but I was expecting more of a spiced pale ale or something. oops. Very odd malts and sour flavors. Dark. Tan head.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Cloves and Cinn..very nice Christmas beer. Mild body. Creamy, black with thin white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
The 2008 vintage from a 1.5L bottle purchased locally. Aroma is slightly roasty with a little hop citrus in there. Color is a dark brown like black coffee. Flavor has coffee and dark chocolate notes with some lemony hop flavor. I do not perceive any spices in there, maybe some spruce. It is a porter at the base and very well done. Malty but a dry finish without being too heavy. I would like to try this again in a year or two if I can get some more before they are gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - DEC 5, 2010
2010 ale. Pours blackish with a brown head. Heavy ginger aroma. Medium-heavy body, you get a roasted malts and spices dominate the palate. Good brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Xebbe (148) - - NOV 29, 2014
Tråkig och tunn smak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown with a big tan head. The aroma is really cool... mint and light, bitter hops blended with spruce...! The flavor is great, with caramel and malt rounding it out nicely. Mouthfeel is light, but not too watery. A really nice, unique holiday beer.

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