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RATINGS: 1904   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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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Byeast (4) - USA - MAR 30, 2007
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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sine90 (12) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
2014 edition caramel, coffee, licorice, brown, brown foam, light sweetness, slick feel,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2074) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 28, 2014
On tap 5 oz. taster at Lures in Crownesville, MD. Clear, but very dark mahogany with a small khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of spices, caramel, bread, plums and raisins. Taste of dark fruit, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper and caramel. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BiffNilsson (259) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Mörkbrun vätska med liten brun krona. Återhållsam doft med lätta kaffeinslag. Lätt kropp och liten smak. Syrlig och Tämligen smaklös. Lättdrucken och Smakar inte illa på något vis men tråkig.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (308) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a large tan head that laces. Spicy aroma with caramel and roasted malt. Sweet and spicy flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, caramel and roasted malt with a dry finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
essjay (17) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased as a chilled single from Wholefoods, Fremont CA. Very dark ale. Little carbonation nor head. Spice upfront, and rich caramel malts. I get this beer, not my favorite but respect the brewer’s efforts. Would like to try on draught.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerseyjohn71 (212) - corsicana, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2014
ginger bite, floral, resin, spruce, herbs, earthy, caramel, bread, hay, cough drop, ginger, cedar, red, hazy, frothy, white foam, lightly bitter, lightly ginger, light body, medium bite, soft carbonation, creamy,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roger60 (20) - - DEC 26, 2014
Flaska SB Mönsterås. Sequioa fantastiska träd har en liten i trädgården. Luktar som efter ett regn i Kings canyon and Sequoia nat park. Blir inte lätt att vara objektiv här...Riktig riktigt julöl. Inte karamellmalt mm Funkar ej med choklad och osten får vila sig. Vinner på att inte vara under 10 c. +3 p för etiketten. Finns inga skogar att jämföra med....

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OzarkElmo (301) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours reddish-brown with moderate beige head. Tastes of malt & spices - ginger, cinnamon and others. Malty but thin and easy to drink. Not smokey, that’s a plus. Good for the style, but not my style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
John25 (698) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Very dark ruby. Aroma of winter spice and dark fruit. Plum and raisin notes. Very high carb with a thin mouthfeel. A little sweet on the finish. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (397) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Deep reddish brown pour out of the giant bottle, with a sudsy, tan head. Aromas of malt and spices. Flavor is a bit of the same, with some funk mixed in, but nothing too off putting. Damn, this is a big ass bottle.


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