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RATINGS: 1831   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pollardjt (27) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
A tasty spiced ale, absolutely perfect at my local pub on Christmas Eve. Deep brown with a thin tan head. A nice aroma, clove and allspice, with a hint of cream. Flavor is spice, brown sugar, and roasty malts with nice carbonation that tingles just a bit. Finishes clean, and refreshing. Not something to drink everyday, but a great seasonal

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinVanBeer (34) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 30, 2014
May be my favorite Christmas ale. Nice dark color. It's got notes of nutmeg and fruitcake. Nicely carbonated and velvety. Yum! Best offering from anchor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (1527) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle brew dog Sheffield. Brown slight head. Aroma cinnamon nutmeg dried fruits taste same Xmas cake in glass body tad thin. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackafholmes (247) - - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle from brewdog bar, sheffield. Dark brown with no head. Aroma is cinnamon, other spices and roasted malts. Taste is warming and tasty, malty and slightly smoky. Tingly carb and quite thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nordcore (1027) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Year 2012. Deep red, With a ok offwhite head. Dark fruit aroma, anis, spices and light chocolate sence. Lighbittersweet With a soft dark fruit end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
OK, maybe THIS is my final beer rating of 2012. Bottle courtesy of Ken, thank you sir! Very dark brown color, small tan head. Aroma of pleasant Christmas spice. Taste is nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1743) - - AUG 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-2-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – The beer is poured a brown color with reddish hues shinning through. A huge tan head is present upon pouring. It has great retention, eventually fading to give a good level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is sweet of cherry and some roasted brown bread aromas. Mixed with these aromas are spices of cinnamon and nutmeg with a god dose of pine hop. Rounding it all out is a light nut smell. Taste –The taste begins with a roasted brown bread and light nut taste with a very small amount of toffee sweetness. A light dark fruit soon replaces the toffee. While the sweet taste changes, overall the sweet remains light throughout the taste. More roast flavors develop at the middle of the taste. These combined with an increasing spicy taste of cinnamon and nutmeg. At the end a good presence of pine and earthy hop come to the tongue. These create a green hop taste to linger on the tongue which mix with the spice and roast flavors to leave a slightly bitter roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body is a on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. They are rather good for the hop, roasted, and spice flavors of the brew and while only at 5.5 % make it more of a sipper then traditional brews of similar strength. Overall – Not a bad more bitter and roasty winter ale. While I traditionally prefer something with a little more sweetness in a winter warmer, this beer has a nice blend of flavors and feel which are nice for the drier tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nakedwhendrunk (2202) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 11, 2014
2012 bottle reviewed in December of 2012 (sorry for the late review). This was initially poured into a pint glass but later had in a snifter. The only differences I noticed was the head was a bit messier and spottier along with the smells lasting just a tad longer in the snifter than the pint glass. Here’s the rest. The appearance was a murky brown color (honestly, it kinda reminded me of brown sludge). Anyways, no hit, because I work with sludge from time to time, I guess I’m just too used to it. One finger white foamy head dissipated in both glasses at a nice pace. The smells bitter cocoa bean, sweet licorice with a light ginger, and cinnamon and then allowing a decent allspice to come in. The taste was sweet, slightly bitter and having a decent Christmas spice to round things out a bit. Eventually an earthiness does come out. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body. Sessionable, I was hoping, but showing a decent sipping quality about it. Overall, though the recipe almost always seems to vary every year, I can almost never pass this up year after year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebeerroom (8) - Brazoria, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2014 does not count
Every year during the holiday season, Anchor Brewing releases their Merry Christmas/Happy New Year seasonal ale. Each year they tweek their recipe and put a different tree on the label. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (756) - SOLA, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2014
Vintage from 2011. Bottle from vinmonopolet. Pours colabrown with weak 1/2 cm foam. Aroma of old bitter christmas chocolate, sweet liqorice and some herbal tones. Taste of light chocolate, rounded liqorice, like old pannetone cake, some harder herbal tones but still balanced and rounded pretty good. Some warming tones but a very balanced beer. A cool beer but that said im not a big fan of herbal beers. Make me think of Fernet that i dont like

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