Byeast (4) - USA - MAR 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: poured very very dark brown , almost black and fairly opaque but with some nice ruby edges , an inch of lasting tan foam sits atop , lots of sliding lace.
Smell: The aroma on this beer is so inviting and sooo Christmas-y. Rich , gingerbread / spiced cake maltiness , some chocolate , hint of nutmeg , cinnamon, and allspice , and some evergreen/pine like scent.
Taste: Rich and rounded malt flavors of gingerbread , bit of cocoa / chocolate , allspice and cinnamon , some slight berry in a juniper / plum like way, roasty quality , a hint of nutmeg that reminds me of eggnog , lots of evergreen tree character throughout , some more spices and a resinous pine in the finish that bites a bit in the back.
Mouthfeel: the natural carbonation is moderate and soft , with a slightly prickly end.
Drinkability and notes: Anchor OSA is a must have in my book during the wonderful Christmas season. The flavors in this beer capture my idea of a holiday offering more completly than any other iv’e tried. Its so great that this beer is born anew each year , and the 32nd has not dissapointed.
Fagus Sylvatica or the European Beech ( pictured on this years label ) :
*Capable of reaching heights of up to 48 m tall and 3m trunk diameter
*Typical lifespan of 150 to 200 years, though sometimes up to 300 years
*Very popular ornamental tree in parks and large gardens, not only in Europe, but also in North America and New Zealand.
rouhlas (987) - GREECE - JUL 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle v2012. Dark brown color with light beige head. Malty aroma, spicy, nutmeg, some cinnamon, dark dried fruits, light chocolate and licorice, caramel. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
furthur (400) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 bottle, deep brown beer, good almond head, good lace. Aroma cinnamon, raisin, molasses, coffee. Taste is cinnamon, rootbeer, coffee, cloves. Palate a little light, but ok, carbonation nicely subdued. This should be mulled, I think, or done as a flip.
leosanches (57) - - JUN 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cerveja comemorativa e de fabricação controlada, o aroma do malte torrado e do açúcar mascavo se fazem presentes desde o início. Cerveja escura e âmbar, sem presença de espuma. O sabor é uma continuação do aroma, com o malte torrado se destacando, porém sendo equilibrado pelo açúcar mascavo que acrescenta suavidade ao sabor. É possível sentir a presença de notas campestres, com toque de estábulo e frutos outonais. Boa par ser antecipada com. Arábes, o aftertaste é seco e amargo, o que prejudica levemente a drinkability.
Turtles (373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from 2014, still available at Systembolaget Söderhallarna. Dark brown with a creamy, compact, tan head. Great aroma, cinnamon, pine, cherry, there are many scents and it is difficult to distinguish them. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonated. The taste begins with caramel and spices, cinnamon, prunes. Finish with fresh green pine needles.
jamaty (1155) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color café, muy oscura... Espuma escasa. Fuerte aroma a canela, chocolate y lupulos. Cuerpo ligero y baja efervescencia. El sabor sigue al aroma, muy muy sabroso y equilibrado, apareciendo además toques de uva, y destacando por encima de todo las especias, pimienta, mucha canela sobre todo en el postgusto. Muy buena.
boto (1953) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 Bottle: This one pours a cloudy, dark amber color. There was a finger of a light tan head. Some lacing. Good nose. Malts, holiday spices are the most predominate. Getting some dark fruits also. The taste is very good. Very rich malt body, with just a bit of sweetness, Subdues holiday spices, maybe some orange, a touch of earthy hops. Very Nice!
sturmthis (874) - Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 version. On draft and the 2 L bottle. Dark brown with one finger head. Aroma of pine, spices (nut meg). Really well done and different from the more cinnamon christmas beers.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. Enjoy this one when I get it round the season. Dark tan. Pine, vanilla, earth, clove, spices. Medium bodied and not overly spiced.
airrick2003 (667) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: light tan head, the beer is a very nice brown color that's transparent around the edges, some maroon hues in there
Aroma: caramel malt, spicy, maybe a bit of lemon, potpourri
Taste: spicy, some sweet caramel malt, even some bitterness on the finish
Palate: lively carbonation, slight bitterness on the finish, medium mouthfeel
Overall: this beer does remind me of Christmas, pumpkin pie, potpourri, warm spice are all in there, this is the 2014 version
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nihtila (1615) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
17.2.2015. Spicy nose. Flavour has cloves, ginger, cinnamon, sugar candies, dark fruits. It really is spiced beer. Decent in small amounts.