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RATINGS: 1972   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2009
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a thick, foamy, tan head with almost black body. Sweet aroma of chocolate and molasses. Taste is complex with hints of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and spices. Very pleasant and light seasonal ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lachneger (392) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
Karamel kleurig bier met een witte schuimkraag die snel verdwijnt. Smaak zoet (karamel)kruidig ricola( de gele zak) snoepjes. Geur kruidig. Gedronken met Bryan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle, pours dark red/brown with off white head. Aroma is spices, gingerbread and some orange. Taste is some spices, cinnamon, malts. Kind of bland I think, but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2009 vintage at Alamo Drafthouse. Poured dark brown with an inch off white head. Tastes of licorice, anise, and root beer. Medium light carbonation. Interesting and unique flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 2005. Real nice brew. The only OSA I’ve had. Great spicy aroma, mostly cinnamon and ginger. It just smells like Christmas. Taste is much the same, spiced with a smooth chocolate roasty finish and lingering aftertaste. This is like a liquid gingersnap cookie. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours a clear deep brown, with a thin creamy light tan head on top. Nose is spicy, some brown sugar, with a bit of very light roastiness in there also. Hard to get a handle on. Taste starts off with very clean, light brown sugar and a hint of roasty malt. Dry, light, and clean. Spiciness emerges about 3/4 of the way through - at different points, you get evergreen needles, nutmeg, clove. Maybe a bit of cinnamon. Finish is long, dry, and somehow fluffy and light, with a bit of lingering roastiness that comes out more in the finish than in the actual flavor. Mouthfeel is spot on, light and fluffy. Really a superb beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2011
aroma of ginger and slight pine, medium frothy head, dark brown pour almost like thinned out molasses, ginger/molasses taste with a bit of sweet fruitiness - 2011 version

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 2010 Edition Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on October 19, 2010 according to date code printed on label. Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with faint ruby highlights a 1-2 finger creamy dark tan head. Smell: Sweet mix of winter spices with nutmeg and ginger being the most obvious. Taste: Winter spices up front followed by mild citrus hops in the middle and ending with lightly toasted malt at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of spices and toasted bread. Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these on a cold evening. Overall: Very good beer overall. Anchor never disappoints me. I’d recommend picking this up this year (and every new year’s subsequent variation from here on). --- 2006 Edition Reviewed 12-22-2006 - - Rating: 4.5/4.0/4.5/3.0/4.0 Appearance: Poured a near black color with hints of red. Nice dark cream 3 finger head. Very reminiscent of Guinness. Smell: Very strong aroma of hops with a nice mix of spices. Taste: Nice smoked flavor building into an interesting mix of spice and a hint of coffee. Lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Slightly bubbly at the beginning from the carbonation followed by a smooth, medium-body. Not as thick as I expected. Goes down very smooth. Drinakbility: For what it is, a winter warmer, it has high drinkability. It’s not something you grab when looking for refreshment but I could see enjoying a couple in one sitting. Overall: I think the 2006 was a high quality beer. It has a nice flavor that will send me out to buy a 6-pack before they’re gone. I would recommend it as a winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Poured into Pint Glass, insane amount of thick, creamy head. A lot darker than I expected, looks like the color of black coffee with a slight translucency. First whiff gave me some spice and alcohol scent. Second gave me a huge hit of citrus and hops. Very appetizing though the hoppy scent always throws up an alarm in my neck of the woods..this may be out of my league. Finally as the head settles a little bit, I get a taste. Wow, very smooth and unexpected considering the heavy scent. Very well balanced with a fruity taste at first leaving a lingering citrus aftertaste. The hops from the scent are there, but not nearly as overpowering as I thought it would be. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick as this has a major coating sensation. Color me impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2008
This beer helped me win a best of seven pool match, which turned into a best of ten, for which I then lost. Good beer though. Unique tasting herbs, just right for holiday times.

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