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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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665 Ratings
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Ratings: 665
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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Photo of buschbeer
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - It is a dark mahogany color with three to four inches of tan head.

S - I get a concoction of cocoa, juniper, and clove.

T - I am hit with a blast of spices. Clove and cinnamon are the easiest to identify. It finishes with roasted malt and some chocolate.

M - Medium

O - This beer always reminds me of Christmas. I know it is different each year, but my sensory experience is about the same each year when I look back at past year's reviews.

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of shigg85
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of woodsy berry flavors in this! This is no easy-drinking winter warmer, and I like it that way! Forces you to come to terms with juniper, clove, molasses, pine, roots, twigs, and branches in the flavor! Definitely complex and unique. Would complement an apple pie or something like that.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of waddellc2
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of elNopalero
4.82/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours a wonderfully dark amber-malty red hue with a cap of creamy cocoa-colored foam. Seriously, the beer looks amazing.

The aroma has a light medicinal, gruit-like aroma, with some juniper and pine notes standing out.

Flavorwise there’s a bitter intensity which complements the herbaceous mix. Some juniper, pine and a resiny yet drying finish round it out. Love, love, love this beer.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DRBiser
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of _morandi_
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.