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RATINGS: 1941   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
After humming and hawing for a couple of months, I finally bit the bullet and got me one of these. It wasn’t that I was worried if I would like it, but simply because a massive magnum of ale seemed like a bit of overkill for someone with no friends to share it with. Ah well. Beer me. Pours a dark, dark chestnut, bordering on stout-black, with a rich and creamy off-white head that is in no hurry to dissipate this side of the millennium. Nose of sweet treacle and wint’ry spices, faint mint for some reason, though I may be wrong. Flavour picks up on the sweet treacle and spices, sweet and pleasant and mellow, ending on a vanilla biscuit note. This is definitely the sort of beer I would enjoy on a Soltice Night. I will look forward to it with pleasure this year.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2007. Pours dark brown, a bit of lacing, moderate white head. Aroma is herby with a bit of a bubblegum quality. Mouthfeel is moderate. Flavor is again, akin to bubblegum with qualities of coriander and chamomile.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - DEC 8, 2007
Straordinaria birra di Natale in stile dunkel con varie spezie, bottiglia da 33cl al Duca. Aroma speziato dominato dalla noce moscata, che si sente anche nel sapore abbastanza complesso e piccante con finale secco. Straordinaria.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 22, 2007
2007. Excellent nose of spice & malt, perfume, roasted coffee, cola, and fruit (both berries and dried). The brew pours a clear ruby. The tall dense beige head is fully lasting and ultra creamy with decent lace. The brew is malty and roasted through and through. The middle has a moderate acidity and the finish is both spicy and roasted. The full body is lively and chewy like a stout. The finish feels dry. This is a very exceptional offering, I wish I would have taken home more than one bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (5300) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2007 bottle. Aroma of spices, malts, coffee, mint, and cinnamon (among other holiday spices). Pour is a deep dark brown color with a medium thick brown head. The flavor just wowed me. Complex, and enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - JAN 26, 2008
Tasted 2007-12-28. 2007 version. Pours clear red/brown/black with beige head. Spices and hops are very present. It reminds me a lot of Nøgne Ø’s Underlig Jul. Very tasty!

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2058) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Bottle, Corks of Cotham, Bristol. Poured a dark brown with a reddish hue and a creamish biege head. Aroma is jam packed with christmasy spices, cinnamon, brandy sodden raisins, herbs, ginger, orange peel, the list goes on. Really wonderful. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Many of the characteristics of the aroma were evident in the flavour and this is undoubtedly a very complex and well crafted brew. I loved it and would happily drink this at any time of the year ! A worthy bottle to bring up my double century !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2007 bottle. Poured dark amber/brown with a thin tan head. Smelled fruity sweet, nutty, and spicy. Tasted sweet and lightly fruity, with some apple raisin, hint of chocolate, and spicy with ginger and nutmeg. Some hops present. Smooth bitter aftertaste, yet lingers sweetly.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 This is a fantastic beer. Pours a dark amber color with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and Cinnamon. Great mouthfeel. Complex flavor. Tastes of cinnamon, roasted malts and chocolate. Pefect balance of everything. Very sad to take the last sip of this one.


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