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Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 11-04-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

02-04-2014 23:34:52 | More by Theogre83
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-03-2014 19:00:31 | More by GraduatedCashew
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-03-2014 13:09:56 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark blackish brown with a brownish head that dissipates quickly.

S: chocolatey with a touch of pine. Not bad.

T: tastes like a Christmas tree covered in cinnamon and sugar. Way over aggressive on the spice. Licorice and anise that's just too herbal for me. Minor chocolate notes way covered up by the spice.

M Dry finish is fine but the spice lingers long.

O: Way over aggressive on the spice. The black licorice flavor tastes like rotted wood and mushroom. None of that belongs in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:27:59 | More by constantine_272
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

01-31-2014 05:05:18 | More by ricecracker420
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-31-2014 04:44:58 | More by ShepardCommander
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-30-2014 23:15:33 | More by DougAppleby
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint class, this beer is a lovely, dark brown color. There is a substantial, two-finger light brown head that dissipates into a thin (though not unpleasant) film that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: The sweet roasted malt really comes through, and I get undertones of coffee and anise.

T: Very rich, with a strong flavor of anise (black licorice). Coffee finishes the flavor and lingers on the tongue.

M: Considering the smell and taste, the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, though there is a nice dryness that lingers.

O: I think I'm in the minority here, but I've never considered any Anchor Steam beer to be excellent, though this Special Ale is quite tasty on a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 23:09:17 | More by foglemgs
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-30-2014 03:57:12 | More by KyleRV
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-30-2014 00:30:01 | More by BeerForMuscle
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-29-2014 18:30:29 | More by CDAtkinson
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-29-2014 03:54:39 | More by p-wagz
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-29-2014 01:22:37 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

01-28-2014 15:45:34 | More by BJSmit
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-27-2014 04:04:14 | More by rudabegga9
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3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear brown when pouring but black in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt.

T-Roasted and burnt malt. Not much of the spices that were present in the nose. Balance worsens as it warms

M-Lighter, watery and not much carbonation.

O-A poor showing for the Christmas Ale from Anchor. They have been better. If the spice came through in the taste it would have been a better beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:20:50 | More by rlee1390
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-26-2014 00:59:34 | More by tdm168
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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in mid-November for $2.99.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste is roasted malts, coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty decent rendition of Our Special Ale. I used to buy sixers of this but over the last couple of years find that more than one is overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:51:56 | More by arizcards
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New York

3/5  rDev -18%

01-25-2014 20:58:06 | More by sunofneurot
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4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep cola brown with a huge, dense, and fluffy looking light brown head that took forever to fade into a thin collar that left sticky patches of lace down the glass.
S: Very inviting notes of forest spices, holiday baking spices, and fruity hops and yeast. The nose is complex and it’s hard to nail any one scent down, but I get notes of cardamom, peach, mint, wood, forest floor dirt, clove, cookie dough, brown sugar, nutmeg, and antique shop.
T: Follows the nose with complex flavors of spice rack mixed with dough and forest. Bitter citrus pith, spearmint, tropical hops, and a touch of powdery chocolate come through as well. The finish is full of green leafy spices, and the aftertaste reminds me of a dark Belgian ale except more bitter. Reminds me of mint chewing gum at times.
M: Medium body, smooth and drinkable mouthfeel with a good dose of bitterness to it. The carbonation is frothy but soft and splashy.
O: Hoppier than I remember in years past with a good dose of bitterness and complex spice flavor. Very delicious, as usual.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 19:50:31 | More by scottfrie
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-25-2014 18:31:46 | More by stephenjmoore
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-25-2014 14:04:21 | More by AricGresko
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-24-2014 20:55:47 | More by ltltony
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-24-2014 15:30:33 | More by AJ01923
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours very dark mahogany but clear, looking like a porter.
The aroma is spicy; not so much as to mask the medium and dark roasted malts but enough to suggest it may be over-spiced. Thankfully, that is not the case. The spicing mixes nicely with the malts, and among other things has a clear if unexpected note of allspice. Still, I'd prefer this with less spice rather than more. There may be a dash of spice from the hops too which otherwise manifest themselves by controlling the sweetness.

Althoug allowed to warm for a while prior to uncapping, this changes and develops nicely with further warming.

O: a very winter beer from Anchor. If memory serves me, this is better than last year (and I recently helped kill a magnum bottle of that) but perhaps not as great as 2011.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:07:50 | More by chinchill
Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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