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RATINGS: 2082   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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3.9
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Bottle. Got to say this is one of my favorite bottle artworks. Pours a dark brown color with a a very thick tan head on top. Looks delicious! Aroma is malty, nutmeg, gingerbread, cinnamon, ginger root, and spice are in the aroma also. Flavor is full of gingerbread, spice, and caramel. A very interesting taste, like a cold gingerbread latte from Starbucks. Definitely a nice Christmas beer.

3.5
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Pours a dark brown-almost black color with thick, foamy and dark head. Spicy aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of raisin and gingerbread. Very spicey ale but with very little hoppiness or malt for that matter. Very slight caramel maltiness in the back, but it mostly tastes like gingerbread. Not a bad beer, but its lack of beer character makes it rather one-dimensional.

3.3
Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2006
Draught at Ølbaren. Dark red brown colour with a beige head. Meat, malt, smoke, spicy aroma and taste. Medium body with a spicy finish.

3.5
Stine (1796) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Pours to a nearly opaque shade of oaky brown. It arrives like the lightest roasted African coffee on the nose with bright citric tones, finished with cinnamon chocolate, ginger and allspice. Now, to argue my opinions on what spice flavors one can anticipate from this brew: dry cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic bread, fruitcake, and vegetal textures. Not as complex as the cacophany of flavors might imply, but reasonably interesting.

2.6
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
The spicing rates have dropped tremendously since the last time I had OSA, which was about two years ago. The nose has a bit of spruce that comes to life as the beer warms. The palate is nice and dry with a moderate amount of pine. This is a style that I don’t think too much of.

4
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
2006 edition. This beer pours an almost black deeeeeep amber color with a small tan head that dissapates very quickly. Right off the bat there is strongs notes of cinnamon and butmeg in this thing! What a smell! It drinks very smoothly and easily with some complexity in the flavor. I like this beer! it is great for a winter brew but wouldn’t want to drink this during the warm months. Cheers!

3.8
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 29, 2006
HUGE thanks to Santa for sending me this! Pours a very dark brown color. Aroma starts sweet, goes into a very fragrant perfume like spice kick. Kind of like one of those pine scented candles. Tasting this its sweet like cola, sweet and malty with a perfect balance in the spice and hops in the finish. Very nice, balanced brew. Suprisingly I’m guessing age has treated this one well.

3.2
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
2006 bottle. Dark brown appearance, litte head. Aroma was sweet and spicy, flavor was pretty nice. You can taste the licorice, and was pretty malty. Overall I’d say it was decent, a good beer to try out.

3.4
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2006 bottle. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Nice aroma of fruit, spices, nutmeg, even a little roasted coffee note. Flavors of various spices, roasted coffee, nutmeg, and some licorice and earthy notes.

3.6
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Had the 2006 version on draft at Pete’s Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville, CA. Pours a deep black color with a thin tan head. Spices spring from the aroma. Pine cones, roasted caramel, and nutmeg. Nice flavor, with figs, pine cones, and various spices. Always an enjoyable beer to have over the holidays!


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