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RATINGS: 1875   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Aroma is amazing. Spices galore. It is a perfect reminder of what season it is...the aromas I associate with this time of year are captured very well in this brew. The spices I sensed on the nose are slightly less dominant in the flavor. Rather, the flavor is a rich, chewy, chocolate, toffee’ness that collaborates nicely with the spice. This is my first OSA and wow...I’m impressed to say the least.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2007, on tap at d’s. poured a clearish dark brown, with a thin tan head. huge spicy nose, with lots of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and anise. more of that in the flavor, with the anise and nutmeg overpowering the light sprucey hop notes and the caramel malts. a touch sweet on the finish, with the spices again dominating everything. medium bodied, and a good carbonation. i don’t like anise, and after a while that was all i could taste. i don’t like this style, but for some reason i keep trying.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oelbas (206) - DENMARK - DEC 9, 2014
Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2013. Meget mørk brun med et holdbart lysebrunt skum. Portvinsagtig duft med tørret frugt og en helt uventet tynd og tør smag. Let syrlig med en antydning af lakrids og en let bitter eftersmag. Ikke nogen stor øl.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2010
2009 Edition. Beautifiul dark mahogany with nice foamy head, which doesn’t last, and bubbly lace. Aroma of cinnamon, clove, sweet fruit - bannana and bubble gum. Light at first, then a bit of sweetness, followed by cinammon stick, cedar, and then a clovey bitterness in the end. Very nice and warming. Spices are very nice and not overdone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theothermatt (204) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle 2013. Pours a dark amber. Pine, citrus, and cinnamon on the nose. A ton of great pine and buttering herbal qualities. Great tasting and warming with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chribban (202) - SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2013
2010 edition. Best before september 2012. Still very drinkable. (august 2013) ABV: 5.5 Nice dark brown almost black color with a three finger light brown head. Milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, malt, brown sugar and yeast. Almost no carbonation. A hint of oxidation, still a very good beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2006
2006 bottle. Pours dark with a big head that laces well. Aroma of nutmeg and coriander. Taste is of a brown ale with the aforementioned spices. Mouthfeel is just right. Not an anytime beer, but very good for winter.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2007
2006. Pours clear dark red with a light-brown head. Aroma is moderatly malty; cookies, and toasted nuts. Flavor is well balanced, toasted malts with an average clean finish. Light to medium bodied watery and softly carbonated. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2009
12 oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours clear and deep copper with a tan head. Aroma is malty, fruity (raisin), and spicy, with lots of nutmeg and some cardamom and vanilla. Flavor is bitter and spicy with a dry woody/peaty malt profile with some fruity esters. Body is a bit thin, but smooth, with relatively low carbonation. Distinguished from most other winter warmers by the heavy reliance and influence of the spices, almost at the expense of other flavor elements.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
P: Deep dark mahogany body topped with a thin short lived later of micro bubble tan head. S: Smells like christmas. Burnt toffee, nutmeg, butterscotch, spruce tree, hints of vanilla bean, cinnamon and sweet molasses. T/M: Taste follows the nose with loads of spices, brown sugar and sweet malt. Stingy carbonation in a medium body. Darks fruits and tart apple peels come out toward the end. Finish is semi dry and finishes with bitter-sweet prunes coated in brown sugar. O: A great warmer for Christmas time. Robust flavors and complexity blended into a great beer. I read a review that mentioned Dr. Pepper flavor and I can totally get that in this. Anxious for next year.


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