Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up in Totowa last night because this is one of the few beers that I buy every year and can't wait to pour out and enjoy. This was a bit off this year but given that this has annual variations to it and that its relatively consistent, this was still enjoyable. The mouthfeel was a bit lighter than I remember and some of the dark fruit wasn't here but besides that, this was just as enjoyable as ever, and a great example of what a Winter Warmer should be!
Nice dark hue to this as I emptied the bottle out, with just a hint of light seeping through around the edges. The head was moderate and not as good as the lacing, which did its best to stick to the sides of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. Not a terribly strong aroma either, as faint traces of spice and dark chocolate could be detected. Lots of earthiness to the taste, along with the faint reminder of a Wassail and a bit of pine. The aftertaste was where the currant came out, but it wasn't that strong and slowly faded away. A trace of Anchor's hops could be detected as well, which was where the bitterness was in this beer.
Alcohol? It's in here somewhere but you wouldn't know it through the taste. A hint of fermented fruit was the only hint that were was any booze in this beer. Even though the mouthfeel wasn't as full as it was in past years, this has just right amount of consistency and variation from year-to-year to make it a must-buy come holiday time. There's just enough pine cone and nutmeg to give this some spice and not a lot of carbonation to overpower everything. Christmas just wouldn't be the same without this beer!
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2013 10:56:53 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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