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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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83
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568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Great color here--very dark amber with a beautiful tan head that stands tall and recedes rather slowly. The lacing is pretty good too.

Smell: There's a lot going on. Chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, ginger, fruit...and more aromas I'm sure. This is one unusual winter warmer, but I like the smell.

Taste: This is a letdown. There's a lot of flavors, but it leaves a weird taste in my mouth, and it finishes rather odd, and not in a good way. There is the roasted malt, chocolate, ginger, citrus...I don't know. It just doesn't work so well.

Mouthfeel: Things might come together better if this didn't have such a flat mouthfeel. A little more carbonation may have helped. Again, I don't like the finish at all.

Overall: I have a lot of respect for Anchor, as they are usually very consistent. I do appreciate the effort to provide a winter warmer that is unique, but not everything works too well here.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:13:31 | More by ExtraStout
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First let me say that I'm disappointed by the fact that natural flavors are added after the brewing. I kind of look at that as cheating (just my personal opinion).

Appearance: Great color here--very dark amber with a beautiful tan head that stands tall and recedes rather slowly. The lacing is pretty good too.

Smell: There's a lot going on. Chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, ginger, fruit...and more aromas I'm sure. This is one unusual winter warmer, but I like the smell.

Taste: This is a letdown. There's a lot of flavors, but it leaves a weird taste in my mouth, and it finishes rather odd, and not in a good way. There is the roasted malt, chocolate, ginger, citrus...I don't know. It just doesn't work so well.

Mouthfeel: Things might come together better if this didn't have such a flat mouthfeel. A little more carbonation may have helped. Again, I don't like the finish at all.

Overall: I have a lot of respect for Anchor, as they are usually very consistent. I do appreciate the effort to provide a winter warmer that is unique, but not everything works too well here.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 01:13:56 | More by DeFaz
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mttaylor1066

Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I seem to recall the head brewer at Anchor claiming that there are few options left for the Special Christmas Ale. I think it's true. How many different recipes have they gone through at Anchor? Not all of them can be successful.

Looks great, tan head. Delicious appearance.

Aroma is of dark malt an non-Noble hopping. Some burnt grass and pine sap.

The taste starts with a red plum skins, bitter and warming but this fades into a black licorice aftertaste with some malt coming along for the ride. The combination is not terribly annoying, but it overwhelms any spice that I can pick up.

Mouthfeel is OK. Fine carbonation.

Overall, this is not one of Anchor's better holiday efforts. The wrapping is pretty, but it's just another tie that Dad will be required to wear at family gatherings.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:05:28 | More by mttaylor1066
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JulianBaughman

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep dark brown mahogany, the color of the fretboard on my first guitar and it left a small tan head.

The smell was like raisins, baked sweet rolls with a little clove or coriander smell that I couldn’t quite place.

The taste was a big malty ball of awesome. Spicy, with a bready finish and a hint of chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 21:16:00 | More by JulianBaughman
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-01-2014 19:23:40 | More by tbryan5
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-30-2013 07:40:44 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-11-2013 15:46:52 | More by Beerswag
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-02-2014 05:06:05 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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dankjohn

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-17-2013 01:14:20 | More by dankjohn
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-15-2013 20:11:14 | More by valkyre65
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-26-2014 00:59:34 | More by tdm168
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-09-2013 03:31:04 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-25-2013 03:52:32 | More by Bdel34
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JT99125

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-24-2013 22:17:38 | More by JT99125
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-19-2013 14:27:12 | More by hiphopj5
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heystevec

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-07-2013 04:04:09 | More by heystevec
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ironchefkook

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-23-2013 01:48:16 | More by ironchefkook
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Matt73

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-16-2014 16:18:04 | More by Matt73
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Kuhnzie8637

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-29-2013 14:17:00 | More by Kuhnzie8637
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g_jenkins

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-26-2013 08:03:02 | More by g_jenkins
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dvanhandel

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-15-2013 17:58:00 | More by dvanhandel
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Russ_Griswold

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-21-2014 00:37:47 | More by Russ_Griswold
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AricGresko

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-25-2014 14:04:21 | More by AricGresko
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SierraJosh

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-14-2013 04:59:29 | More by SierraJosh
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EN27

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-20-2014 01:47:27 | More by EN27
Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.