on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 From 12oz Bottle.Very dark brown body with a thick, burned malty head. Complex aroma with sugary fruits, gingerbread, and pumpkin pie spice. Flavors of raisin, nutmeg, and clove are most present along with the roasted malts. A nice, pleasantly long finish of roasted malt follows with a touch of mellow hops. Overall, a good unique seasonal ale, although not quite as interesting in spice dimensions as the 2004 in a side-by-side comparison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Immediately familiar spice/malt nose bears a solid caramel background to the ginger/cinnamon/cloves/nutmeg. Not as expressive as I remember still. Burgundy-Brown, clear around the edges body, forming a regular beige head that slowly diminishes. Always has this interesting apparent complexity of aromas, though I canít say if it comes up to the sum of its parts. Spice derived bitterness brings no dryness in if perhaps diminishing the sweet feel. Really dull loose mouthfeel is a catastrophe, proposing pointy carbonation that accentuates the spices disparateness rather than bringing them together thus making the finish chaotic (ginger gum!!) and severely fatiguing grapey sweetness, kinda syrupy. Christmasy in its sticky pine gum spiciness. I usually enjoy OSA a lot more, but it is as if the attenuation is not as advanced for now and I doubt time could chime in enough to compensate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2006
I sampled a 12 oz. bottle. The body is mahogany with a large, rocky tan head. There is excellent lacing. Rich malt, yeast, and spices like nutmeg and gingerbread, are featured in the nose. The backbone of dark roasted malt quickly yields to a complex midpalate with a variety of flavors such as coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. The aforementioned spice spectrum, roasted nuts and anticipated pine needle essence are also revealed The finish is moderately hopped, and fairly long lasting. A very good seasonal ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2006
A very dark body, almost black, though with a red tint. A golden head is produced from this beer. A nice spicy aroma. A roasted nut flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma of spice. Spiced flavor with light roasted malts and a bit of licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small tan head that mostly dissipated. The aroma found spices, black licorice, and nutmeg. Big roasted flavor with spices and hints of licorice. Medium bodied, smooth, and a bitter coffee aftertaste. An excellent holiday brew! Thanks Suttree for sending it over from East TN!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungus (6) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2006 does not count
As always, you have to be ready for this. This years version is strong on anise to me, and the juniper is there too. Halfway through my second bottle i find it to be cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2988) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
Draught at Coleís in Buffalo. Deep ruby-brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma is malty and spicey (nutmeg, coffee, licorice), with a sour tinge in the background. Flavour is quite roasty, with more bitter coffee and spice notes, a bit of chocoate and licorice. It was good, but I expected a bit more from it given how much Iíve enjoyed previous vintages. This is the first year Iíve tried it on draft, and the previous ones have been fairly well-aged bottles, so perhaps that expains it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Pours a deep mahagony color with a nice amount of froathy tan head. Malty caramel aroma with accents of spices. Flavor is malty and caramel with accents of hops, pine needles, nutmeg, slight cinnamon, and roasted nuts. Overall, a very nice winter brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - DEC 31, 2005
Deep, dark red color with a frothy white head. Definitely a Christmas brew with hints of chocolatey and spicy goodness.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 172 173 174  175  176 177 178 » 196

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50