RATINGS: 2069   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 Ales 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.

Editors 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16718) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Bottle, 2005 vintage. Clear, brown body with a beige head leaving lacings. Beef-stock, christmas spices, malt and dried fruits in the aroma. The flavor has cloves, cardamom and beef-stock. A full-bodied beer with a spiced finish. A lovely Christmas beer. Rating: 7-4-7-4-15-3.7. (070331)

Bottle, 2007 vintage. It pours a beautiful clear, dark brown body with a reddish hue. Thick, creamy beige head on top, with good retention and leaving nice lacings. The aroma needs a little aeration to be really good I think, but then it gives cinnamon, cloves, some ginger, dried fruits, some chocolate and leather, a tiny alcohol note (), chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of metal. So tender on the nose, and so packed with different aromas. Theres also a little earthy note. The surprising touch of alcohol from the aroma is present in the flavor too, in fact its even more evident, but considering its a beer for the darkest days of the year, its only appropriate and pleasant. Its velvely and next-to full-bodied, with a quite sweet backbone, some bitterness towards the end, and all the good from the aroma is present in the mouth as well. Spices, fruit, chocolate and so on, its all there. Even the little metallic touch, but thats only showing itselves in the finish, and its quite weak and undisturbing. Theres also a weak touch oxidation, or at least some earthy, cellary notes, but to me thats just nice. At least in this way. Its not a beer giving me the perfect Christmas feeling, but its sure a lovely beer. Well suited for the long, dark nights of winter, and still smooth and refreshing enough to go well on a late summer night. Lovely. (080624)

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a tan head. Spicy aroma with clove & chocolate. Sourish spicy flavour with a light bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, pepper, and yeast./bubblegum. Flavor is mostly of roasted chocolate and bubblegum. Bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Grabbed the 2006 on discount. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a short tan head. Rich, chocolate taste with some spices that add some grit. Ends with a pronounced bitter. Some burnt molasses taste in there as well. The full flavor makes it worth seeking out next season. I had this six one-beer-a-sitting. Its great beer but a bit heavy to drink back to back. 2007. was somewhat disappointed with this years OSA. tastes overwhelmingly vegetal. sweet spices, like cinnamon, are more apparent. the burnt molasses and chocolate flavors are gone. bummer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 4, 2007
Bottle. Cloves, nutmeg, caramel, cinnamon, dark fruits malt, this beer has plenty of it all. Nice dark red-brown colour to it. Great brew for Christmas or any time.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 3, 2007
Red brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of spices and liqurice. The flavor is spicy and with liqurice. Nelliker og Kardemomme

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerlord (217) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 2006 vintage, Nice deep brown hue with a tin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is all nutmeg, flavor is nutmeg whit some molassese. I hate this beer. Other than megaswill i never say that, i find it that offensive. rating 1.8 2007 version: Malty/Chocolate/nutmeg/ginger aroma, deep ruby body with a nice tan head. Slightly malty flavor then that damn nutmeg takes over, but teh spices donw and makena really enjoyable winter brew. This is better than 2006 version but its tuill not a good beer

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Byeast (4) - USA - MAR 30, 2007 does not count
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 ive 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 2006 bottle, cellared one year, consumed 11/22/07

Look the same. Very nice lacing this time and lasting power on the head, but I already rated it a 4 and it doesnt quite deserve a 5, so there it is. Nose is huge, various spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, flower petals, dark malts, raisins, figs, chocolate and toffee. Flavor is big on the toffee and fruits, with a backing of chocolate and spice. This has aged wonderfully and hopefully will only get better. Bump flavor and palate up a notch or two.

2007 bottle, consumed 11/22/07

Look hasnt changed, maybe a tad darker. Nose is green hops and pine, various spices, chocolate, toffee and caramel. Flavor is tremendously green, Tons of green grassy hops and pine, followed by some smaller notes of sweet caramel and toffee, along with some chocolate, but not much. This needs some time, but should be very nice. No rating change.

2006 bottle, consumed 03/30/07

Pours a very dark reddish brown, almost black. Small tan head with no lasting power and no lacing. Spice, molasses, honey and malt on the nose. Medium carbonation, slightly astringent on the tongue. Fore is caramel, some bitter hops, malt and spice. Back of the tongue brings some more spice to the party, with some hop bitterness as well. Finish is amazing. Chocolate, toffee, spice, hops, malt and some slight citrus hints. Finish is long, dry and bitter. Some nice toffee notes linger for a long time on the tongue. Would be great around a Christmas fire, or at least i am assuming so, since we dont have Winter here in Florida.
8 / 4 / 7 / 3 / 15 / 3.7

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2767) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Pour is dark brown with a little translucence around the edges. One finger khaki head on top. It seemed to be a little thicker than I expected on the pour... remember thinking it looked a little syrupy. Aromas are pleasant and full... Cinnamon and toffee dominate, but there is a lot of spicy (anise and molasses?) stuff that Im too impatient to figure out. Flavor is excellently balanced and develops well. Very earthy and lots of spicing make this interesting. It doesnt have the syrupy mouthfeel that I thought it might. The cinnamon and toffee come through with the toffee flavoring having a little sharp note to it that borders on molasses. Very nice.


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