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RATINGS: 2110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
irishpenguin13 (36) - Leesburg, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
2007 AOSA is unbelievably great. every year it never ceases to surprise me. especially one thats been cellared for atleast a year.

3.6
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 2007. Bottle. The color is dark brown with a little red. The head is beige. Aroma: Spices, roasted malt, plums, dried fruit, licorice and caramel. Flavor: Roasted malt, spices, plums, smoke, toffee, cocoa, licorice. Roasted and bitter finish and a dry mouthfeel.

3.5
pdiddy (22) - San Marcos, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2007. Aromatic and floral. Nearly black, this beer is spiced up and great for the holidays. I detect a tiny amount of anise as well as the other flavors commented on.

4.3
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2007. This is a great holiday brew. Dark brown body with a tall head. Strong aroma similar to egg nog. Flavor is like egg nog as well, with a sizable nutmeg spiciness to it, with some cola flavor and a bitter finish. Creamy overall, this is my favorite holiday special.

3.7
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 2007 Bottle... Poured almost black with amber highlights and a light brown head. Nutmeg and sweet malt aroma. To me, the spices came off more like licorice and very medicinal. Sort of a chalky malt balance, with some hops in there too. So much going on, no wonder this ages gracefully even for 5.5%

3.8
Lowe1983 (1594) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2007
2007 Pours a dark copper color with a tan head. Aroma is of nutmeg, cloves, sweet malts, and a little bit of some citrus hops. Flavor is very spicey with nutmeg and cloves being the stronger flavors. Has a pretty good lingering flavor. I really like this beer.

3.7
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
There was a massive head on this beer upon pouring, but it quickly dissipated. It’s malty, and finishes a little dry. The spices really come through in the finish, but aren’t overpowering. If the mouthfeel was a little thicker I would have liked it even more. Definitely worth a try.

4.2
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - DEC 8, 2007
Straordinaria birra di Natale in stile dunkel con varie spezie, bottiglia da 33cl al Duca. Aroma speziato dominato dalla noce moscata, che si sente anche nel sapore abbastanza complesso e piccante con finale secco. Straordinaria.

3.1
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - DEC 7, 2007
On tap at Brixie’s, Brookfield IL. Spices pretty subdued. Most noticable was the dry finish with a touch of bitterness. I think I liked the Great Lakes Christmas Ale a little better.

4
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Tasty spicy holiday beer. Pretty consistently good -- I’ve had this from other vintages. Malty aroma, and little smoky, perhaps some coriander and orange taste. Not too heavy or spicy, good bitter finish, and definitely my favorite holiday beer.


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