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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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589 Ratings
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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | 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:
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(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 11-04-2013)
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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

champ103, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +9%

Durge, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 801. Sampled on December 22, 2013.

I love how it looks with its dark mahogany brown pour and cream colored head even though the head fades quickly.

The aroma is very nice with dark malts, molasses, fig, egg nog (really), and a thin earthy hoppiness.

The body is about medium but also rather acidic, which is a slight letdown.

The taste has a nice boldness to it with sweet and dark caramel malts along with nutmeg and molasses. Mild bitterness but enough to give this one a little character. I am quite surprised that this is the first year I have reviewed this one.

puboflyons, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cjgator3, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

sweemzander, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rfgetz, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

EgadBananas, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

outoffocus, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -18.3%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +9%

Gagnonsux, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MSandahl23, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of prototypic
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

prototypic, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

tommyguz, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red-black to very dark brown with a big fluffy coarse head of dried out bubbles. Lacing is plus.

Clove, star anise, wintergreen, dark bread, allspice, candied orange rind, maraschino cherry, and spearmint. Totally of the herbal/spice drop bent. Hints of dark fruit hint at figgy flavors. Pretty nice nose this year.

Lots of allspice, clove, star anise, and wintergreen with a citrusy hop this year, instead of the staple piny flavor. Orange peel, spearmint, clove, and light bubble gum are supporting characters. The malts are a little thinner than I would expect in a winter warmer, so this becomes a bit of a spice bomb. The recipe is well-integrated this year and it exhibits its own character.

Has a medium-to-wooly feel with okay heft and actively surging carbonation.

It's a really solid effort this year. I could easily polish off a six-pack.

thecheapies, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep cola brown with a huge, dense, and fluffy looking light brown head that took forever to fade into a thin collar that left sticky patches of lace down the glass.
S: Very inviting notes of forest spices, holiday baking spices, and fruity hops and yeast. The nose is complex and it’s hard to nail any one scent down, but I get notes of cardamom, peach, mint, wood, forest floor dirt, clove, cookie dough, brown sugar, nutmeg, and antique shop.
T: Follows the nose with complex flavors of spice rack mixed with dough and forest. Bitter citrus pith, spearmint, tropical hops, and a touch of powdery chocolate come through as well. The finish is full of green leafy spices, and the aftertaste reminds me of a dark Belgian ale except more bitter. Reminds me of mint chewing gum at times.
M: Medium body, smooth and drinkable mouthfeel with a good dose of bitterness to it. The carbonation is frothy but soft and splashy.
O: Hoppier than I remember in years past with a good dose of bitterness and complex spice flavor. Very delicious, as usual.

scottfrie, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jmdrpi, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

BeerForMuscle, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

akang, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Ciocanelu, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite Christmas beer. Sorry Troegs……

Served in a Port City glass.

A: Poured out extremely dark, EXCEPTIONALLY un-Christmas-like for sure, with a soft, pillowy, brown/grey/silver head that sat on top of the brew like mistletoe.

S: The signature, spice Christmas component that I've come to expect from this beer. So subtle, so awesome. A tinge of pine, Anchor's profile, and bunch of stuff that I can't even begin to describe.

T: Great stuff, as usual. To be honest, This wasn't as piney as I remember it from past years, but I know the recipe changes periodically. Dig the extremely smooth finish.

M: Beautiful beer. Low carb, low ABV overall, and slippery on the glass.

O: I look forward to this beer every year. I've noticed that this version hasn't gotten as much love as previous versions yet. Still, this is a great Christmas brew….. THE BEST!

Chaney, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

KevMo84, May 20, 2014
Photo of wedge
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown mahogany color with plentiful tan creaminess on top. Smells of mellow spiced fruit, toffee, molasses, pine resin, and gingerbread. Dry, spiced, somewhat gingerbread-y flavor. A little tart fruit, spruce, bitter chocolate, orange peel, and faint maple. Medium body, creamy texture, with a slickness that sticks to the tongue. Always fun to see what the next year's OSA will bring. Definitely better as it warms up.

wedge, Dec 09, 2013
Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.