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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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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of elNopalero
4.81/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

elNopalero, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

thufflife, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

schnarr84, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jsprain1, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Drknight, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bobv, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

thinwhiteduke, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tbryan5, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

KYGunner, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Kmat10, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

beergoot, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Doomcifer, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ummswimmin, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DRBiser, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Keith_R, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tbone1384, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

khargro2, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Chucker17, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

OldTime, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Rekrule
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Rekrule, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

BEERMILER12, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

hooliganlife, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

brandon911, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

hosehead83, Oct 25, 2014
Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.