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RATINGS: 2090   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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2.8
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Have had it a few times and never really got into it. Brownish pour and an interesting earthy, spiced aroma. Flavor is like an exploded spice rack with way too much earthiness. Still haven’t tried any really old ones yet.....

3.8
bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2007
’07 Bottle: Wow, this poured much darker than I was expecting. A dark amber/brown color with a small, white/cream head. Very earthy aroma with notes of burnt coffee, nutmeg, spruce and some other stuff I can’t make out. Medium-light body with flavors of dark fruits, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and coffee. This is the first time I’ve had this brew and I find it to be quite damn delicious. I’ll definitely have to seek out some older vintages.

2.3
wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
$1.99 2006 bottle from South Bay Drugs bought on 7/9/07. Pours with a 2 finger medium bubble tan head, that disappears and returns as a great 2-3mm foam over the surface. Aroma is of a mild oxidation and some malt. Flavor is bland oxidize with a very mild sourness. Certainly way past it’s prime, which makes me wonder, because this beer is collected and sold in verticals. Maybe I got a bottle that was exposed to too much heat. Hmmm. I would guess acetobacter.

3.5
theisti (4206) - Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2007
12 oz. bottle (2007 version). Pour is a clear mahogany with a tan head. Aroma of spice and yeastiness. Hint of dried fruit and berries. Taste is a nice blended spiciness - cinnamon, cardomman, yeast, nuttiness (nutmeg) and some nice soft earthiness. Finish has a hint of bitterness and some licorice. Overall, nice, though a touch thin.

3.7
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
dark earth color with very small tan head. spicy sweet treacle aroma with a light orange peel note. smooth thin body. spicy cocoa earth flavor, like a spiced brown ale. the spice is pretty complex: sage, nutmeg, and i also pick up some yeast phenols. good very layered but its body seems awkwardly thin

3.7
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
350 ml bottle from Bevmo. Dark brown with a tan fizzy head. Sweet spicy aroma with hints of molassess. Sweet malty toffee taste with a good spiciness - nutmeg, cloves, and a hint of cinnamon. Good.

3.1
notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2007 bottling - wow, has it really been two years since I’ve bought OSA? - damn - well, anyway, this years batch sure ain’t as spicy as previous years - I pick up a bit of sage and nutmeg in the aroma, but that’s as spicy as she gets - this is a bit lighter in body than previous vintages, and even, one might say, thin on the palate - I pick up notes of cocoa an a leafy, vegetal quality - very light cinnamon an all-spice - a very light touch of anise - finishes kind of thin - this is one vintage that I wouldn’t hold on to - there isn’t much room for development here - nice enough for now, though.

3.3
djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a medium light tan head. The aroma is very malty with caramel and chocolate. Decent lacing on this one. The taste is dark chocolate and black licorice. I was expecting more from this but still a good christmas brew.

3.5
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
2007. Pours a pretty dark brown with a nice tan head. Spicy aroma and great spicy taste. Definitely a good holiday brew. 12 oz. bottle.

3.8
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 Dark mahogany big, foamy tan head / Winey root beer, brown sugar, and spice nose / Light to medium body, fizzy, a touch watery with good balance and decent finish / Herbaceous flavors of sassafras, root beer, brown sugar, toffee, raisins, coffee, and cocoa / An interesting, unique brew.


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