commonshawn (1049) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Bottle. Black with frothy head. Spicy aroma, maybe cinnamon. Mouthfeel is effervescent, bubbly, and spicy. Sweet at first, then some alcohol late. Some dark spice as well, maybe clove. Weirdly has a chocolate taste. A very good Christmas beer.
fourstrings (56) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown beer with very nice beige head. Dry, with strong hint of dried cherries, spices to gingerbread, chocolate and little bit of coffee too. Nice alcohol note that warms up throat. Low bitterness. Very great christmas beer.
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
35,5 cl bottle from etregourmet.be. This 2013 edition pours dark brown with a large creamy, beige head that stays up. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and orange. Flavour is malty with dark, bitter chocolate and spices. Creamy mouthfeel with a very long spiced aftertaste that after 5 min changes to dark bitter chocolate. Some alcohol warmth as well. Well brewed and a nice different beer.
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
slowrunner77 (10145) - 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.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Off comes the cap, and the brew starts bubbling up, but not out...better get into the glass (a St. Bernardus chalice seems best) and get it going!
Ebon hued, with a crown of toasted tan, a creamy espresso-tinted 1/4" ring.
Sweet nose, vanilla and oak, white chocolate, nuts, maple, pepper, and more...probably...gets deeper as we go in...and I rather like it.
Creamy mouthfeel, soft, yet spicy. Warm, easy on the palate, and luxurious. Taste is a mix of vanilla and tree bark, with special secret spices. Syrupy feel kicks in and dominates. Feels breadier, heartier the more we sip. Spice and syrup, vanilla and oak, oh, my...or as we say in Minnesota, "that’s different."
Might be one of the tamer OSA’s of my recent memory, but I still like it lots. They’ve yet to disappoint me, year after year. Once again, a unique and highly satisfying winter warmer. Thanks again, Anchor!
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a few tints of ruby on the edges; medium tan head. Aroma is ladden with pine, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. Mmmmmmm... Allspice is the dominant spice in the flavor. A moderate amount of hop bitterness. Decent malt base. The pine flavor drifts in the background, but it’s not an IIPA kind of pine. This is more like the aroma of the Minnesota/Wisconsin Northwoods in the winter, only as a taste. Damn I love this beer.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
wattsdog (11) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark beer with a big creamy head like a stout. Has a malty aroma with a hint of spices. Has a good smooth taste with a hint of holyday spices to it. overall a very good holyday beer.
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 2005 Vintage. Fresh. Dark red color with a very rich cream head. Beautiful lacing. Spicy malt aroma. Flavor is full of mild spice and beautiful full malt. Body is just right. Nice and smooth. A well done winter ale. 7/4/8/5/17
2006 Vintage. Fresh. Very dark pour. Brown. Head is a creamy tan ring. Aroma is spices, specifically nutmeg. Almost smells like a pumpkin ale. Earthly sweet nutmeg flavor. Definitely a nice holiday brew. A pleasure to consume.