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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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663 Ratings
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Ratings: 663
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: notchucknorris on 11-04-2013

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Deep dark ruby brown hue with a big thicket of fine carbonated khaki tan head, fine even lacing. Aroma herbal mint, pine, citrus zest it's a joy to smell with mild spices noted as well nutmeg and cinnamon...always a great Christmas ale from Anchor. This is last year's though I've seen this year's out there already. Flavor like spiced christmas bread, and pine water very much a holiday ale it always holds up quite well with some age. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even flowing carbonation dry finish from the spruce and nutmeg notes I'm catching. Overall always a favorite will continue to pick up a six every year!

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Appearance: Dark brown, just light enough to make out some red light peaking through. Light brown head that faded to faint lacing.

Smell: Mild roasted malts, caramel.

Taste: Roasted malts, mild bitterness, gives way to a stronger sweet raisin/fig flavor. Subtle woody aftertaste with some alcohol warming (more than I would expect for 5.5% ABV).

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with subdued carbonation.

Overall: A “winter warmer” that fits the category perfectly. Nothing sets it too far from the pack, but it had all of the fundamentals solidly covered. Good as a seasonal - something to look forward to sharing with friends once a year, but not something to seek out every month.

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Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 663 ratings.