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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Our Special Ale, a dark, rich, heavily spiced ale with a recipe that changes with each passing year.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2007
2007 edition. Nice aroma but thin mouthfeel and bitter taste. Not as big as the inviting seasonal aroma would promise.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Ginger and allspice aroma with hints of nutmeg. Spicy with a roasted finish. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1850) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Had this beer on 12/3/2002. Color is a deep rich solid brown, no light comes though. Good carbonation and thin head. Taste is rich and very spicy. WOW. Starting with a medium body that goes down with a strong spicy feel. Finish is almost too much to explain, full of coriander and spicy with a nice roasted taste. This is far more flavor than they or anyone else has put into a charismas brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2007
On cask at the Gingerman in Houston in 2004. One of the best beers Iíve ever tasted. I think I would call it a porter more than an ale, because of the wonderful chocolate aromas and flavors that intermingled with the spices and citurs. Pours a deep red-brown with a nice head. Sits medium-full on the palate with gentle carbonation. Very well-seasoned, as you can imagine, sitting 2 years in a cask. Tastes of chocolate, nutmeg. Nicely malted. The chocolate really comes through with warming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Our Special Ale
Date: November 26, 2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullockís
Vintage: 2002
Appearance: dark ruby red, whispy tan head
Aroma: heavy spiced aroma with spruce, nutmeg, allspice, and a hint of cinamon
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of spice, after warming the malt character really comes out with lots of chocolate, only a hint of bitterness

Name: Our Special Ale
Date: November 29, 2003
Mode: draft
Source: summits
Vintage: 2002
Appearance: wow
Flavor: big chocolate flavor, spices have receeded into a unique bitter finish, hint of liquorish coming through in the aroma and flavor at the end

Name: Our Special Ale
Date: February 15, 2004
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2002
Aroma: nice mild chocolate malt aroma with a touch of spices
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of sweetness, nice blend of spices

Name: Our Special Ale
Date: July 15, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: summits cumming
Vintage: 2002
Aroma: chocolate cover pine needle aroma with a wide array of spices
Flavor: lots of sweet spicy pine tree flavor, lots of rich chocolate, lots of complexity, more chocolate than bitter, one amazing brew
Overall: the pine is making a comeback being stronger than the last couple of years, unusual for the osa which usually continues to mellow

Name: Our Special Ale
Date: August 19, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: summits
Vintage: 2002
big pine aroma and flavor still present like last month, lots of spice bitterness

Name: Our Special Ale
Date: November 23, 2005
Vintage: 2002<br

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a brown color with a one finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is strong spice (nutmeg, allspice). Flavor is roasted malt and spice with some redsidual sweetness. Palate is slightly dry with a slight lingering aftertaste. Medium body. To be honest, I think they all taste the same. I guess I need to try a vertical to see the difference. A good beer. Thanks Richard.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2007
A little over a year ago, prior to rating, Beerdrenched and I did a vertical of OSA and this was the least impressive of the bunch. Now Iím going through and rating them and I think this will still be at the bottom. Pours dark bronze with a surprisingly large dark orange head. The aroma is woody (not hoppy wood), spicy and smooth with some dark malt and butter. Medium body that is smooth and crisp with some minimal sharp carbonation. The taste starts with wintery woody goodness, but there is some sourness involved. The finish is really sharp and sour. This was fine and held up fairly well for four plus years, but I wish I would have rated this one a few years back as it didnít seem to be the best at aging.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2007
GREAT beer i had 2002 maybe im rating in the wrong spot not sure but really good bought 3 weeks ago a 2002 bottle in burnsville MN at bluemaxx try one very strong lots of ABV very drinkalbe GRAB ONE NOW!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Part of a verticle tasting (97-00, 02-06) Deep ruby hued. Spicy nutmeg aromas. Strong and zesty. Nutty with a good cocoa flavor. Lively with a good hop profile. Piney sticiness. Slight port nuance. Long and lingering. Relatively, this was the old of the newer. Still retained alot of its original components, but was on the brink of evolution. In my opinion, I caught this brew at its zenith!

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Dark brown with some red hints and a tan head that started kind of big and ended as a ring. The aroma contains some nice spice notes, a bit of cinnamon. However, the aroma also has a ton of age on it and has a rusty pipe hint to it that at some points overwhelm the aroma, and other times is hidden in the background. The body is just as I remember all other OSAís to be, but has some graininess to it. The flavour is mixed, like the aroma, between some gross old rust and tons of Christmas spice, gingerbread, and such. I think 4 years is a but much as far as age is concerned on this one...


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