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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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BA SCORE
83
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578 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | FT: 4
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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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-25-2013 22:01:53 | More by Kmat10
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tbone1384

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-08-2013 15:11:20 | More by tbone1384
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Keith_R

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9%

12-03-2013 02:55:47 | More by Keith_R
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +13.4%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark brownish-ruby with creamy tan head that mostly recedes with slight lacing lines.

Smell: Faintly sweet spices of allspice, clove and ginger. Nice chocolate and caramel undertones with a mild roastiness.

Taste: Bittersweet roasted malts with light notes of chocolate and caramel. The spices counterbalance the Porter-like base nicely, and include gingerbread, allspice, clove. A hint of a sour finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, somewhat dry finish.

Overall: Much better than last year, but not as good as 07 and 09, which remain my favorites.

11-18-2013 00:58:12 | More by bsp77
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

11-15-2013 03:42:45 | More by Doomcifer
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

11-19-2013 03:06:48 | More by Rekrule
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-11-2013 09:49:10 | More by DRBiser
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-17-2013 20:16:42 | More by Chucker17
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +3%

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: The usual anchor yeast along with a good bit of spices and maltiness. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger stand out for the spices. Complex as always

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spices and maltiness, along with a solid chocolate malt presence. Some roastiness presents itself as well. The cinnamon and nutmeg compliment the roast very nicely. Finishes with a lingering roastiness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This seems a lot like the 2011 version in terms of spicing, with chocolate and roasted malts thrown in the mix. Very drinkable and a solid holiday brew. There's no reason not to pick some up, simply because of the fact that these brews are known to age very well and they are always very Christmas-y

12-04-2013 07:49:19 | More by BEERMILER12
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beergoot

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +6%

Dark mahogany body with an exceptionally thick, rich, creamy head. Spice and fruit aromas; coriander, cinnamon, allspice; orange and lemon peel; Christmas pine. Toasted malt flavors with all kinds of residual fruity esters and a twinge of alcohol warmth; further savoring reveals some licorice and anise. Medium-light body; juicy.

Quite the mouthful of aromas and flavors. Surprisingly light bodied for a big winter ale yet jam-packed with taste bud treats. If a winter holiday fest beer is what you're in the mood for, this would be a prime candidate.

11-25-2013 23:09:15 | More by beergoot
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-19-2013 13:40:54 | More by hooliganlife
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khargro2

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-25-2013 21:43:35 | More by khargro2
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brandon911

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-17-2013 03:56:44 | More by brandon911
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%

So deep brown it appears black the head rose to a thick finger of foam with a stout look but a short life.

The scent is very fruity with dark fruit aromas like plum and prune. A touch of spruce and anise round out the spicy scent of Christmas.

The anise or licorice flavor hits the front of the palate as a dried fruit holds nearer the end. The spruce or pine tree hits with a sharpness as I detect a ginger or nutmeg.

The feel is very thin, astringent and highly carbonated with a touch of booziness.

I found this to be a good ale with all the trappings of a winter warmer but the feel is simply not up to snuff.

12-21-2013 23:01:47 | More by KYGunner
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

01-11-2014 22:56:31 | More by thinwhiteduke
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-07-2013 02:38:49 | More by Localdrinklax
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Drknight

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-22-2013 21:27:06 | More by Drknight
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sd123

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-04-2014 00:47:55 | More by sd123
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-08-2013 04:09:29 | More by bcsbeer
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grittybrews

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-03-2014 04:03:14 | More by grittybrews
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-25-2014 18:31:46 | More by stephenjmoore
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%

04-18-2014 00:18:48 | More by SkinniePost
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

11-30-2013 00:16:57 | More by AnitaBrewski
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ricecracker420

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-31-2014 05:05:18 | More by ricecracker420
Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.