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RATINGS: 1904   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 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. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons appears born anew.

Editor’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamTheBarrel (498) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
355ml brown Christmas 2014 themed bottle, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is opaque nearly dark nearly black copper colour with a medium sized beige frothy head, that reduced fast leaving some lacing. Aroma of caramel, spices . Flavours of caramel, spices, herbs and syrup loaf. Taste is light-medium sweet and medium bitter. A good Christmas beer, perfect level of sweetness and a pleasant mix of flavours.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
VictorStr (1443) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Nä tvivale som min mor hade sagt. Visst, väldigt julig, viss stjärnanis, men det gör var INTE bra. Fick hälla ut resten. Victor, undvik denna ölen !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MSBrindbergs (443) - Solna, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Flaska från SB. Djupt rödbrun vätska med fint brunt skum. Doftar härligt kryddigt och fruktigt. Mycket fyllig, sött och krydda. Lite tunn kropp kanske, men inte så det stör. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinVanBeer (116) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 30, 2014
May be my favorite Christmas ale. Nice dark color. It's got notes of nutmeg and fruitcake. Nicely carbonated and velvety. Yum! Best offering from anchor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (1777) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle brew dog Sheffield. Brown slight head. Aroma cinnamon nutmeg dried fruits taste same Xmas cake in glass body tad thin. Good stuff

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackafholmes (375) - - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle from brewdog bar, sheffield. Dark brown with no head. Aroma is cinnamon, other spices and roasted malts. Taste is warming and tasty, malty and slightly smoky. Tingly carb and quite thin.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
A favorite spiced beer and favorite Christmas beer, year after year. Nearly 6000 beers in, and I’ve never had another that comes close to the unique mix of spices and herbals and malt that is Anchor OSA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nordcore (1054) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Year 2012. Deep red, With a ok offwhite head. Dark fruit aroma, anis, spices and light chocolate sence. Lighbittersweet With a soft dark fruit end.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13508) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
OK, maybe THIS is my final beer rating of 2012. Bottle courtesy of Ken, thank you sir! Very dark brown color, small tan head. Aroma of pleasant Christmas spice. Taste is nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - AUG 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-2-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – The beer is poured a brown color with reddish hues shinning through. A huge tan head is present upon pouring. It has great retention, eventually fading to give a good level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is sweet of cherry and some roasted brown bread aromas. Mixed with these aromas are spices of cinnamon and nutmeg with a god dose of pine hop. Rounding it all out is a light nut smell. Taste –The taste begins with a roasted brown bread and light nut taste with a very small amount of toffee sweetness. A light dark fruit soon replaces the toffee. While the sweet taste changes, overall the sweet remains light throughout the taste. More roast flavors develop at the middle of the taste. These combined with an increasing spicy taste of cinnamon and nutmeg. At the end a good presence of pine and earthy hop come to the tongue. These create a green hop taste to linger on the tongue which mix with the spice and roast flavors to leave a slightly bitter roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body is a on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. They are rather good for the hop, roasted, and spice flavors of the brew and while only at 5.5 % make it more of a sipper then traditional brews of similar strength. Overall – Not a bad more bitter and roasty winter ale. While I traditionally prefer something with a little more sweetness in a winter warmer, this beer has a nice blend of flavors and feel which are nice for the drier tastes.


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