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RATINGS: 453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Our Special Ale, a dark, rich, heavily spiced ale with a recipe that changes with each passing year. - The enticing ruby color is topped by a dark creamy head that emits both malty and spicy aromas with ginger being a prominent one. The full body is matched with complex dry and spicy flavors that produce a nice favorable combination before finishing on the dry side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2001
Big disappointment. I was looking for a big beer here. Found a big mess. Lots of malt no structure. A beer to try and impress IMHO

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (715) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2001
What an unusual beer. Most either love it or loathe it. So I had to try one. I have to say, it was an acquired taste. But I acquired it. Hard to describe, but it had a tricky balance to it, the beer fools you. Mine was this past yearís. On the beginning note, you think the beer is going to wallop you with a sharp hop kick, but it gives it to you gently and gracefully on that second note. Remarkably smooth finish, considering where you have been. Has dark, spicy overtones. A good, if not unusual, brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 1, 2001
2000 edition. Lots of stuff going on here: lemon, ginger, nutmeg, chocolate, and more I couldnít peg. But lots of flavor doesnít always mean a great beer; it all seemed too rich, oily, and gooey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Astrologer99 (22) - Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2001
1999 bottling. This ale should be stored at least a year before drinking. Itís rough, gangling and awkward when first released. Aged, itís winter heaven in a glass. Deep, spiced, harmonious, complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ner99 (2) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2001 does not count
i have only had the 2000 but it was one of the best spicy beers i have ever tasted. great combination and great taste. i wish i bought more when it was out. i canít wait for next years!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2001
A wonderful seasonal beer - aroma - bready and enticing - faint smells of an evergreen - or maybe it really was my tree. Anyways - rich ruby/mahogany color, tight off-white head. taste warming - hints of gingerbread, christmas trees and maple. Palate - probably the only negative - tended to leave a burnt, bark like taste on the tongue - not pleasant. Best if left out of the fridge for 20 minutes or so to reveal all the flavors - savoring my laast bottles...Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2000
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Everything about this beer is delicious. The perfect spiced winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2000
Just not very good. Nice fruity aroma though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 14, 2000
midi tops, i really wasnít a fan, disapointing for an anchor product

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2000
This is for the 1999 OSA, this is a great beer to sip on as you decorate the house or tree, good spicy flavor but, not over done to the point it loses itís balance.

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