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RATINGS: 457   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erikabassett (2) - tigard, Oregon, USA - JUN 9, 2007 does not count
you know i got comments about this beer. i like a beer that is thick and capable of any type of evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2001
Used to be the high point of Christmas was opening presents, now it’s opening a bottle of this. Could not be better. Every year is treat. Should have brought those bottles I saw at the liquor store in June.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2001
Damn!!! That is some good beer. One of the best. 2000 edition.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2003
2001. The flavor is dominated by clove, nutmeg, and alcohol. The color is great and the head nice and dense, but the flavors are overwhelming and competed with each other too much when fresh. Upon aging, the clove and nutmeg are still there, but a sweetness has emerged, with strong chocolate notes as well. The head is more dense and creamy and lasts as long as the beer. The alcohol is not noticable at all. The color is still a nice deep ruby, and the beer is very smooth and almost creamy on the tongue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 Special note for a special beer: The Anchor OSA is a fabulous concept with the use of a different tree(somehow) used in the brewing process every year. This 2001 has the addition of a California Washingtonia Fan-leaved Palm or as noted on the bottle(Washingtonia Filifera) which is a tall palm that grows to about 50ft, the fan-leaves 3-6 ft in diameter, often with deeply torn and edged spiny-toothed leafstalks. The trunks may be covered by hanging dead fronds making it look like a gaint dead pineapple, but in landscaping and areas populated with humans they are trimmed to keep both rodent infestation and fire danger to a minimum. Now to the beer... Color is a clouded mahagony ruby color, dark but glowing, thin tannish fluffed head appears and fades a bit fast to a puffy collar and minimal spotty lace. Oooohh, but the smell...ooohh the smell! Absolutely wonderful and exotic, the best nose on a beer ever! If I could give it a 6 it would get a 6! All sorts of great spices with a cookie sweetness, super strong and pungent, wow! Ginger, allspice, orange zest, cinnamon, white pepper, with pleasing notes of sugary cake frosting and cookie sweetner with vanilla and molasses. F*cking great holiday-refic bakery fresh nose! Taste is a milder version of the smell but not by much, definately has all the same things in there with a great spicy kick of ginger, some cinnamon, allspice, orange dullness or passion/tropical fruityness lingers in and out of the mix and an overall light sweetness of cookie dough, vanilla, and some deep earthy tones adding a charred smokey grass as well. Packed full of flavor that never ends and lingers with the spices on the back of the palate of which seemed like an eternity. Holy nice Yum! Very spicy, perfectly mild with a certain tone of strength with nice little sweetning and comes across quite exotic. Feel is smooth and easy, thinnish start but overall very close to full and an overall fluffy/velvety mild texture with a great spice kick and very light dryness in the finish. Just floats off the palate and demands another sip; quick, quick, before its gone...ahhh, now it is. Fantastic!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garrison (811) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Pouring with an interesting, spicey aroma,my 2003 OSA was a very dark mahogany-hued ale with little head. The seasoning pine on the label was marked as Pinea Sitchensis(Sitchen's Pine). The flavor of this brew is very complex and hearty, with a multitude of spice undertones. I like this beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 26, 2005
a bottle of special ale from xmas ’97! consumed xmas time ’05.thick, smokey ,salty smell, like the bay. fruity, fermented barleywine like aroma. black ruby color with a beautiful khaki head. very smooth and robust at the same time that only slow ageing can yeild. lots if malted chocolisciousness with a teeny zip of licorice. a greatly aged ale consumed in it’s prime!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ronny (100) - Arlöv, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2002
drank the 2001 just when it came out and its spicey and unusual taste really made my christmas pleasant

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NYDennis (64) - Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2001
Great Flavor, Strong hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, Clove like taste. Not a year round beer but great during the Holiday Seasons.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BuKKet99 (39) - Republic of Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2001
Ten bucks a 6 isn’t cheap but this one is worth it. Various spicy flavors. Very very heavy, syrupy texture.

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