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RATINGS: 2040   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This is our special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Aleís 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.

Editorís 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3705) - Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2007
12 oz. bottle (2007 version). Pour is a clear mahogany with a tan head. Aroma of spice and yeastiness. Hint of dried fruit and berries. Taste is a nice blended spiciness - cinnamon, cardomman, yeast, nuttiness (nutmeg) and some nice soft earthiness. Finish has a hint of bitterness and some licorice. Overall, nice, though a touch thin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
dark earth color with very small tan head. spicy sweet treacle aroma with a light orange peel note. smooth thin body. spicy cocoa earth flavor, like a spiced brown ale. the spice is pretty complex: sage, nutmeg, and i also pick up some yeast phenols. good very layered but its body seems awkwardly thin

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
350 ml bottle from Bevmo. Dark brown with a tan fizzy head. Sweet spicy aroma with hints of molassess. Sweet malty toffee taste with a good spiciness - nutmeg, cloves, and a hint of cinnamon. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5626) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2007 bottling - wow, has it really been two years since Iíve bought OSA? - damn - well, anyway, this years batch sure ainít as spicy as previous years - I pick up a bit of sage and nutmeg in the aroma, but thatís as spicy as she gets - this is a bit lighter in body than previous vintages, and even, one might say, thin on the palate - I pick up notes of cocoa an a leafy, vegetal quality - very light cinnamon an all-spice - a very light touch of anise - finishes kind of thin - this is one vintage that I wouldnít hold on to - there isnít much room for development here - nice enough for now, though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (8037) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a medium light tan head. The aroma is very malty with caramel and chocolate. Decent lacing on this one. The taste is dark chocolate and black licorice. I was expecting more from this but still a good christmas brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
2007. Pours a pretty dark brown with a nice tan head. Spicy aroma and great spicy taste. Definitely a good holiday brew. 12 oz. bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 Dark mahogany big, foamy tan head / Winey root beer, brown sugar, and spice nose / Light to medium body, fizzy, a touch watery with good balance and decent finish / Herbaceous flavors of sassafras, root beer, brown sugar, toffee, raisins, coffee, and cocoa / An interesting, unique brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefederalist (301) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Pours quite dark, nice tan head w/ lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and nuts. Flavor is salty, nutty and mild. Vague dacetyl in the mouthfeel. I was unimpressed.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 2008 bottle. ok i dont remember this beer being this bad, but i have learned a lot since the last one came out. honestly all i can think of is jagermeister with this one. its like somebody put a shot of it in a very light bodied porter and thats wtf is in my glass right now. i think its going down the drain.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (837) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 8, 2007
2007: Getting earlier and earlier every year! Remember when you HAD to wait till after Thanksgiving Day to get this. Merchants actually got penalized if it was released early!!! Nice frothy tan head. Dark brown in color with little or no light passing through it when I hold it up to my computer monitor. Fair amount of fine carbonation. Aroma loaded with spices, especially ginger root. Heavy ginger in the flavor as well, with other spices too, which even it out. "Normal" body mouthfeel, as opposed to what it used to be like a few years ago. Rather bitter aftertaste lingers on the palate longer than Iím care to have it. This used to be my favorite XMAS brew to grab, but not anymore. Too one-sided in the flavor profile compared to others.I also remember when the flavor profile seemed to change every year. They claim it still does, but Iím not 100% sure of that.


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