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RATINGS: 1942   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Sampled from bottle. OSA 2005 pours dark ruby with a sudsy light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by nutmeg and orange liquer. Flavor is well-balanced with rich malts: caramel, toasted, chocolate and faint hint of rye or smoked malts (maybe). Honeysuckle and nutmeg are also at the forefront. Remarkably clean finish for this higher gravity beer. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Warming for a crisp Winter night. OSA is always a welcome treat.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Iíve been meaning to snag this one fro awhile, and Doppelganger hooked me up. So thanks! Pours dark red, with a bit of brown. Head is creamy and bubbly. Aroma is malty with something else i canít put my finger on. Maybe cloves? Taste is really interesting. Very strong spices - lemon, anise, clove. I expected some warmer spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, but iím not getting that much. Itís more of the bitter stuff. I like it a lot. Finish is crisp and dry. Not really cloying for a fairly thick beer. I thought this was an interesting beer and I appreciate the experimentation. Not something I"m just super excited about but still a good, interesting beer. Bravo!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scouser (285) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
2006 A nice dark brown colour with beige lacing. Spicy treacle aroma. Tastes of licorice, vanilla. A really nice beer! 2007 Dark brown with beige lacing. Earthy aroma. Malthy and earthy flavour, not a bad beer, but not as good as the 20006

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (285) - - DEC 10, 2014
Pours a dark brown body with a thick head. Discrete malty aroma. Rich and nice taste of malt and spices.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (284) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Beautiful beer, clear dark black brown, ample foamy tan head. Smells lightly of cloves, nutmeg, roasted rice, like rice Crispies, or puffed rice you find in some green teas, some honey. Hint of spice, hint of bitterness, sweet body, but far from overwhelming. Nice balanced, mildly chewy mouthfeel. A touch of oiliness. Lightly carbonated. Sort of watery finish. Overall quite excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tedovertu (283) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Dark brownish amber color with very frothy tan head. Allspice and nutmeg mixed with some caramel. Not a bid fan of the spice beers but this one is pretty balanced and not overpowering. A little watery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
2006. smooth, dark, tight carbonation. just the way I like it. This ale turns me on. tan head dissipates fairly quickly. ga ga ga ginger. i love my Ginny gin ginger. Cloves. I love my clovey clove cloves. The smell, no itís not exactly williams-sonoma, because it is fresh pine tree. It is winter solstace. Just feel the beer. literaly, touch it, play with it. Caress it. Gently though. It is a fine ale to be indulged this time of year. So go ahead...Indulge!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2006. Very very brown in color with a medium-small tan head. A lot of ginger in the aroma, also super spicy, sweet and some malt (even a faint amount of chocolate). I thought it tasted like bread and lots of spices and roast- but not so much of the ginger in the flavor. Its one of the better spice/herb/vege beers that Iíve tried so far! I initially rated this a 3.4, but bumped the overall up one because its so good in the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rballs01 (280) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Delicious as usual. A wee bit lighter this year from the previous. Poured a deep dark auburn. The flavor was malty and silky smooth in texture with a hint if some unknown flavor. This holiday ale is another priceless work of art. However, as I do every year put one away, preferably a 1.5L bottle and let it sit until next Christmas and no longer. One year tops and itís even more delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
This beer was part of my Xmas 7 of 09. Spicy and warm, smelled like Xmas too. Label was lacking. Well made beer, try it.


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