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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This is the thirtieth special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is available 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. In ancient times, trees symbolized the winter solstice, when the earth with its seasons appears born anew.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2006
I’ve also had it cellared for a year and was disappointed compared to the other vintages. Good head but was very light tasting compared to other years.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2006
Bottled. A very dark brown coloured beer with a fast dissipating off-white head and a goodly amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is heavily spiced with ginger. nutmeg and cinnamon together with some licquorice root notes and a ton of sugar. The taste shares these smells but it’s really over-sweet and over heavy on some of these spices, especially the ginger. I really expected to love and relish this but it fell really short of my expectations and I ended up happy it ended.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Had this beer on 11/20/2004. Aroma is roasted and sweet. Color is a deep dark amber with a tight thin head. Taste bright and clean with a mild roasted flavor. Starting with light/medium body it goes down crisp and light. The finish comes on with a mild roasted flavor backed by a smooth bitterness that leaves you with a clean feel. I like this beer, its crisp, clean and easy drinking, but its not what a good winter brew should be. Overall its just not rich and bold enough for a winter brew. Looking back it seems this is the mildest they have made it and it also likes like 2002 was the best so far.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 big beige head on a mahogany body. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, etc. This is cool! Ive never had anything like this before. Said spices are evident in the flavor. Has a slight bitterness to it with a coffee finish. Hey this is kinda cool and everything, but the spices kinda started to piss me off. Oh well.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
tasted vs the 03 and 05. worst of the bunch. predominantly cinammon nose, but flavor is disappointingly thin and unexciting.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zizzybalubba (1419) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2010 Magnum shared at Logan’s 2009 pre-GABF Party (2004 version as listed here). Light brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of nutmeg, brown sugar, and, surprisingly, alcohol. Slightly sour flavor with still cinnamon and nutmeg. If that doesn’t sound very good to you it’s because it isn’t. Thin bodied. I remember really liking some of the OSA’s when they were newly released but I just don’t think this has held up well.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) medium ruby brown with very little head. Nose of sweet grain, tons of allspice, wafers and vanilla. Taste of unsweet chocolate cookies, bittersweet finish. The 2002 and 2003 we had the same day were both fairly good, but this one has not aged nearly as well.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
Øl fået til ølsmagning Brun øl med lyst brunt skum. Svag duft. Brændt i smagen. minder om en let porter/dunkel.

2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Had this one bottled. Very, very dark red color, thin, browish head, very distinct nose that I couldn’t place. Flavor was _extremely_ alcoholic ... to the point that I thought someone had spiked mine with a shot of vodka, but all four I had were all the same. Like the nose, a very distinct note in the taste I could not place and was completely overpowered by the alcohol taste. I won’t buy this one again.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2005
12oz. Bottle: Strong aroma of nutmeg, ginger, smoke, carmel, malts. Poured dark brown with a small tan head that lasted a while. Produced small lacing. Flavor was smokey, choclatey, and roasted, with hints of ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and malts. Light to medium bodies. Watery at first but became more viscous. A bit acidic. Too much spice for me; Tastes like it would make a good cookie.


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