RATINGS: 2068   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 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown w/lively tan head. Cinnamon, clove, anise, carmel, and pumpkin all permeate from the lip of the glass...quite inviting. The body is both slightly thin yet smooth with a strong anise and cinnamon flavor with hints of brown sugar and a spicy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Can't really detect anything on the nose. Granted, this was served colder out of the tap than it should have. Waterier than I would have liked. Overall not overly impressed. Better definitely as it warms up. If I had it out of the bottle I would let it sit first before I tried it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoptimusPrimed (155) - SPAIN - JUN 15, 2014
A nice winter ale with deep and complex flavours of nutmeg, other spices, raisins and more. While enjoyable, not a beer I would have many of in one sitting, but would have many of in many sittings.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Perfect. I have had every year since I can remember. Usually in bottle and on tap. Also -- at Stuffed Sandwiches in CA you can usually try different years (aged) side by side. Wish I had it everyday.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle, 06 vintage. Attractive tan head. Dark color. Malt, cloves, and licorice aromas. interesting, but somewhat mild. The taste was much the same, with a somewhat interesting colection of sweet spices noted in this beer towards the end. The finish was dry, mild, and lingering. Body was much lighter than expected. Seems like it could go well with spicy or smokey food, as well as vegetable dishes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cinek (152) - POLAND - DEC 29, 2016
butelka. czarne, bez refleksw, średnio obfita drobnopęcherzykowa piana utrzymująca się do końca picia. aromat: będzie słodko! lukrecja, brązowy cukier, piernik, ciemne słody. w smaku pełne, ale nie ulepkowate, nasycenie w punkt, słodycz dominuje. mega dobra edycja16

   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 thats 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 its decent. The aromas and taste are mild, and maybe thats 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 ciemnożłto-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, pźniej 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 szczeglnego 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 (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Cloves and Cinn..very nice Christmas beer. Mild body. Creamy, black with thin white head.

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