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Our Special Ale 2003 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2003 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2003 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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197 Ratings

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

taste- licorice, woody

color- deep chestnut

clarity- clear

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

glassware: pint

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Our Special Ale 2003 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.