Our Special Ale 2003 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
12oz bottle, reviewed 11/30/2010.
Pours a clear dark brown color with reddish hues and a one finger khaki head that fades to nice swirls.
The aroma is sweet honey, caramel, winter spices, roast, and slight oxidative notes from the 7 years of age.
The flavor is great. A little sherry-like from the age, but this works pretty well. Sweet honey and caramel malt, pumpernickel bread, toast, nutmeg, allspice, and slight anise.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation, maybe just a tiny bit watery.
This is another good vintage of this beer. I’m really not sure there is a bad one.
08-26-2011 20:39:00 | More by nickd717
3.33/5 rDev -18.2%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
The Fifth Day of Beermas... It pours a murky black-brown topped by a minor wisp of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises rye bread, chocolate, cedar, sourdough, light anise, tobacco, nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar. The taste is heavy on the cocoa and nutmeg, with ginger, black pepper, walnuts, brown sugar, and figs thrown in as well. The body is a stoic medium, with a light carbonation and a chunky, oily feel. Overall, another step in the right direction, but the years put on these things have not been too kind to them at all.
12-20-2010 06:16:55 | More by TMoney2591
3.43/5 rDev -15.7%
taste- licorice, woody
color- deep chestnut
smell- roasted malt, black licorice
body- medium-full, fairly firm
appearance- dark, clean, carbonation present
overall impression- solid beer for five years old
notes- smoother and sweeter than the 2002. soft bittering hops. 29th release of this beer. this review is for a 2003 vintage tasted in 2008
10-17-2009 22:18:00 | More by NorCalYeti
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
12 ounce bottle purchased from the Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel for around six dollars, consumed 12/27/08 alongside the 2002 vintage, reviewed from notes, both were poured into small snifters, color is a very dark brown, big 1 1/2 inch creamy tan head that stays around for close to ten minutes, light lacing, aroma is dark chocolate, spruce, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, licorice, and peppermint, taste had lots of spices, what you would expect from a Christmas brews, there was a fair share of bready malt and cereal in the middle, finish is full of sweet roasted malts and a holiday cake, warms up nicely with more sugary malts and spice coming to the surface, dry, spicy, sweet, and perfumey mouthfeel, medium body on the thicker side, moderate level of carbonation, could have drank a lot of this, goes down incredibly easy for its thickness and spicy presence, very smooth, nice warming feel that is perfect for winter, this is one of my favorite vintages yet, had a great black licorice and tobacco presence, I am going to grab some more of these to age even longer, looking forward to my next experience with it, recommended
02-12-2009 04:25:08 | More by Floydster
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
A - Poured a mahogany color with a brown head that leaves lacing
S - Is of roasted malt with some spice scents
T - Follows the nose the roasted malt has some sweetness to it with some spice character
M - This beer has a nice smooth body with low carbonation to it
D - The past five years have been good to this bottle aging it nicely too bad there was only one 2003 cold have drank a lot more of it
01-28-2009 15:21:33 | More by armock
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Magnum (50.7oz) bottle received recently as a gift.
Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the super cloudy/nearly opaque reddish brown brew. Head holds steady at half height, with plenty of slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty grain with ample sour character. Taste is an interesting ride. Sweet nutty malt upfront, sour fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a grainy cardboard character that lingers. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, the sour flowing along not cutting, and drinkability good, better than most winter/spiced brews. Cardboard character is but a small price to pay for all the other greatness happening here.
12-30-2008 22:06:17 | More by ppoitras
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
I tried 5 vintages on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich ('00, '01, '02, '03 & '04). The '01 was my favorite with the '00 a close 2nd. Nice subtle, malty, caramel aromas and tastes. Molasses. Light spices. I'm glad I had the chance to compare the 4 vintages on tap.
NOTE: did a tasting on 1/15/05 that included years '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '00, '01, '02, & '03. The '02, '01 & '94 stood out as the best of the bunch. The '94 had a nice whiskey taste to it that the others did not. I thought the older vintages held up well over the years.
11-13-2008 18:28:37 | More by hopdog
5/5 rDev +22.9%
drank August '08
this beer was served in a magnum size bottle. it poured up a dark brown color with a huge dark tan head. the nose was spices, nutmeg, roasted malts. the taste was very smoothe! smoothe malts, slight fruit, nutty finish on the back of the tongue. finishes very dry, melow carbo. preserved perfectly!
08-14-2008 16:06:08 | More by stumac
Our Special Ale 2003 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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