Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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4.46/5 rDev +21.5%
*slightly new reviewing style
previous quick rating of 4.25 on 11/29/2013
Our Special Ale 2013 by Anchor
poured from a bottle into My Ragtime Ricks Mug
Short tapered bottle, oval tan label, pine tree, red "Merry Christmas, Happy New Year" 3.75
Brown to almost black, 1 finger hearty tan head, good lacing 4.25
dark fruit, roasted malts, grains, spice 4.5
dark fruit, spice slight yeast and hops 4.5
initial bite gives way to deep complex flavor, finishes smooth 4.25
very good holiday offering, ordered extra to keep a stock 3.75
much anticipated and didn't disappoint, so glad i ordered some extra 4.5
11-29-2013 02:19:45 | More by Extrajoker00
4.44/5 rDev +21%
A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A large rocky tan head forms with excellent retention. Spiderweb looking lace is left behind. I always love the wat this looks in my OSA Tumbler.
S: Toasted malts, baked bread, light chocolate aromas. Then the spices. Gingerbread, light anise, peppery cloves. Finishes with more toasty malty aromas. Excellent.
T: Like the nose a big old malty profile up front. Toasted malts, baked bread, and chocolate. Then the spices. Gingerbread cookies. Cloves, pepper spice. All with perfect balance. The spices are not out of wack at all. Finishes with a light bitter bakers chocolate.
M/D: A medium body with moderate carbonation. Ultra smooth. So easy to drink. I can take long gulps of this. I will be getting many more six packs.
Still one of my favorite Winter Warmers every year. So many other spiced winter releases have the spices so unbalanced with everything else. Here the spices are a great compliment to the rest of the malty base. I love it.
11-24-2013 21:40:58 | More by champ103
4.28/5 rDev +16.6%
Served from the bottle into a becker glass
A- Poured a very dark brown with off-white frothy head that left cascading lace.
S- Big gingerbread, molasses, nutmeg, toffee, and caramel. Really great aroma with lots of spices and malty sweetness.
T- Big gingerbread, sticky toffee, caramel. molasses, nutmeg, some light tea and chamomile notes, finishes with a slightly citrusy hoppiness and mild bitterness.
M- Medium mouthfeel, very smooth and creamy, finishes dry, and soft carbonation.
O- This is a really great winter warmer with nice spice and malt character. It is very balanced, very easy to drink, and tastes like the season.
12-19-2013 05:09:18 | More by Hoptometrist
4.26/5 rDev +16.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a very deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger tan head that slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging around the glass.
Smell: A spicy, sweet, and roasty winter ale aroma with lots of chocolate hints and winter spices. Upfront scent of holiday spices with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and ginger. Toasty and roasted malts with hints of chocolate, biscuit, toast, coffee, cream, caramel, toffee, grains, and nuts. Sweet scent of brown sugar and slight molasses. Some earthy hops with hints of pine and grass. A very solid aroma.
Taste: Like it smells, a very spicy, roasty, and fairly sweet winter ale taste with good notes of chocolate and spice. Upfront mixture of winter spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and clove. Roasted barley malts with notes of chocolate, biscuit, toasted bread, coffee roast, caramel, toffee, cream, nuts, and grains. Sweet taste of brown sugar along with some light notes of molasses. Earthy hop presence with notes of pine and grass in the background. A pretty good taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and spicy. Finishes dry and smooth.
Overall: Another good year for this winter brew. Good mix of spices and toasty sweet malt notes.
12-26-2013 06:50:59 | More by MattyG85
Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.