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Review by tavernjef on 11/03/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
2010 OSA uses 'Ginkgo Biloba' which is also known as Maidenhair or "Living Fossil" as it is believed to be one of the oldest lineage of trees on the planet and grow just about anywhere that is well drained.

Pours a nicely glowing umber to settle mostly black in the glass. A finger high crown of firm creamy light tan foam builds on top before simmering down to patchy skim and a solid collar ring.

Aroma is dark and gingersnappy with some partial molasses, dates, chocolate rum coconut forest cake, and vanilla touched of mint and fresh black spruce. Another fantastic nose from the OSA series that screams Seasonal spiked fruit cake.

Taste is a mild toned display of milk chocolate and ginger spiced cream. Slightly rummy coconut and molasses slim out the center as a slimmer minty glossyness emerges over the top with a slow dance of sprucey floral pine mingles into a fluffy light drying finish of wood and vanilla. Faint minty wamrth remains super late way in the back of the palate.

Body is clean, creamy, dark, malty, and slick, with a slight fluffy pull of carbonation and dryness across the top that adds a nice level to its depth. Somehow warming, but not boozy, I'm figuring its from the combo of spices that create it? However it does that, is quite exhilarating and shows the craft envolved in this Seasonal wonder from Anchor.

Anchor OSA is always a must to seek and drink every year just to see what tree is used and experience how it varies. Always sublte and complexing. This years' version is another keeper of crafty wonderment. Gone in no time flat. Looking forward to picking up a magnum later this week.

Served In: Pint Glass