JFGrind (2047) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
11.07.03 - Draft at Anchor Brewery tour. To try this beer before it's offical release at the brewery was a treat. Deep brown color, with creamy tan head. Spiced aroma evident even before you lift the beer of the bar. Flavor is of a spiced old ale, and is a spiced - herbal explosion in your mouth. Excellent "fresh" beer, but I look forward to cellaring this beer for a taste again in a few years. foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Impressive without being too high-gravity extreme. Malts dominate doggy aroma. Spices dominate flavor, spicy hops and some holiday spices. Some bitterness from some kind of coniferous tree, goes down very nicely, satisfying. Great beer, reminds me of my homebrew a lot. mrmojorisin (4) - New Caney, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2004 does not count
I got this beer by accident in a 6 pack of Liberty Ale. A nice color-deep red. I really loved the spicy aroma. I also liked the taste of the spices in this cold weather beer. IMO-A marked improvement over last years offering. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2004
Ahhhhh. My first-ever 10 for aroma. Straight after the pour, there's nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, raisins, rum (?). Just...*droool*. After setting, I pick up more prominent notes of molasses and brown sugar and, I think, cloves. Appearance is very nice too--dark garnet in front of a light, with a small tannish head. Flavor of malts, nutmeg, vanilla, and barely some coffee, with a touch of hops at the end. Feels rich and silky. Spectacular brew from Anchor! slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2005
2003 12oz. Before rating, I must say this beer went far above my expectations. It’s huge!; both in its sexy appeal & complexity and also it ability to aid holiday reminisence. OK, first the ale looks amazing! This dark brown ale is obaque in the center, allowing a little mahogany little in @ it’s edges. Very little, but tan, head. It’s smell almost dumb-founded on the first scent, it’s like cooked meats?, cookies, spices, fukin christmas! The tastes are equally explosive set subdued. Heavly spices and still a well structured malty-hop balance. Very good! They managed to put something like gingerbread cookies and x-mas tree shopping in there too. But really there is so much going on here, I can’t put a finger on most. This was a very lucky find, @ City Beverage in Win.-Sal., NC. They also had BIG ASS group bottles for under 20!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2003
This was a great beer. Much better than last year's vintage. It poured the same dark brown, almost black, with reddish hints around the ends. The head was very small but lasted, and the taste was just the right blend of maltiness and spice. The spice is not overpowering at all and is very well balanced. Highly recommended. blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2003
I love this years OSA -- a deep, mellow porter like beer with a rich foamy head. Smells of evergreens and pine and tastes of cloves and ginger -- I'd get sick of this as a standard, but as a once a year treat its divine! Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2004
pours a dark porter-like brown with red hues, short white head, aroma is spicy – cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate, some fruitiness – lemon, orange, hints of coffee and pine, more earthy than 2 previous years, woody – maybe a hint of smoke; flavor is bitter and rich, black licorice, chocolate, some coffee, hints of fruit – lemon especially though not as pronounced as in the aroma, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, dry finish, piney hops add a nice element obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 17, 2004
Deep dark with not much head. Aromas of nutmeg, cinamon, banana, and tutti-Frutti? Dry with a light airy sweetness, full bodied, w/chocolate/malty/hop finish. Very rich w/ flavors of cherry, banana which seem to linger forever. Great beer lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours an opaque brown with a thin light brown head. Smells on pine and nutty malt.
Taste is sweet and smoky. Almost syrupy sweet. Nutty. Underlying piney tastes. Like you’re drinking something with pine needles in the glass. It may not sound good but it really works. Slightly bitter pine flavors in the finish.
Full bodied with a sticky pine sap aftertaste that lingers a bit. Sweetish and syrupy aftertaste on the tongue. A great christmas beer. This beer makes me happy.