Our Special Ale 2005 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Writing this from my (mostly mental) notes -
Pours a brownish color with red-amber notes when held up to the light; An average tannish head, minimal lacing.
Earthy, seriously spicy notes in the scent. Like sticking my face into Mom's spice cabinet and taking a whiff. Cinnamon, moss, brown sugar, plum.
Similar flavors; A well-rounded sweet-bitterness focusing on warming spice and fruit notes. My first thought is that this is really earthy and natural tasting, like a walk in the woods. Pine needles, coriander, plums.
Pretty good mouthfeel; Medium carbonation, some sleek carmally aftertaste left behind.
Okay drinkability, maybe a little pungent. I had a couple of these in a row and the Winter Warmer flavors get a little intrusive after some time. This is a great beer in rotation. Cheers to Anchor!
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2006 09:31:59 | More by Tupperwolf
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3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, with a more than obvious vintage date, and a code on the label 5OU. I'm cracking open a little piece of history here today, in the spirit of the Christmas season. Anchor Brewing Co.'s Christmas ale, vintage 2005. This bottle is eight years old this year, making this the oldest beer I've ever drank. I have no idea what to expect.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a thick viscous ruddy caramel color; nearly opaque in the glass with some caramel coloring around the edges when held to the light. Conjures about a quarter finger of light brown foam. Forms a ring of bubbles around the glass. Produces a nice thick finger of mocha foam when given a good swirl. Looks excellent.
S - Smell is of sweet caramel malt, earthy tea leaves, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits - raisins, black cherries, currants, figs, hint of faded herbal spice, vanilla, and some woody earth character.
T - Taste follows the nose: smooth creamy caramel, toffee, notes of chocolate / cocoa, earthy tea leaves, wood, twigs, some vanilla, some vinous grape / cherry / berry notes, and some raisin / fig presence.
M - Feel is smooth and creamy, but still retains a bit of crisp carbonation to it, even after all this time. Light-bodied, and slightly watery. Some dark chocolatey roast notes lingering on the palate.
Overall, I'd say this was an excellent winter warmer that has thoroughly stood the test of time well. Definitely excites me to try out the other vintages to see what they hold. Definitely worth seeking out.
Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2005 ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2013 21:27:55 | More by mfnmbvp
Our Special Ale 2005 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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