SamTheBarrel (498) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
VictorStr (1443) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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 !
MSBrindbergs (443) - Solna, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
MartinVanBeer (116) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
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s_hartshorne (1777) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brew dog Sheffield. Brown slight head. Aroma cinnamon nutmeg dried fruits taste same Xmas cake in glass body tad thin. Good stuff
jackafholmes (375) - - SEP 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Nordcore (1054) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Travlr (13508) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - AUG 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.