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Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

278 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 278
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-28-2006)
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jak, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with a more than obvious vintage date, and a code printed on the back label 6SG. My second of these annual winter warmer releases from Anchor Brewing Co., and I'm excited to have it, based on my experience with Anchor Our Special Ale 2005. A seven year old beer, making this the second oldest beer I've ever drank.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick muddy caramel colored body with only a faint conjuration of some khaki bubbles. About a finger of khaki head when given a swirl in the glass. Some thin lacing. Looks good.

S - Smell is of sweet caramel malt, earthy tea leaf, vanilla, wood, cream, faint cocoa, some yeast must, faded herbal spice rack notes, and some vinous cherry / grape presence.

T - Taste is of watery caramel malt, faded cinnamon / ginger spiciness, a bit of tart vinous cherry / grape, mild toffee, and a hint of bitter cocoa on the finish.

M - Feel is noticeably more full-bodied, with more spritzy carbonation than the 2005 was. Still, it is light enough with good healthy carbonation still present. Slightly on the thin & watery side of things.

Overall, I didn't think it was as great as the 2005 version, but this still held up well. I would be interested to see how this one would develop with another year or so on it.

Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2006 ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

BillRoth, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

birchstick, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened in 2012

Deep caramel color, not much head or lace.

Nose is like potpourri, nut, some sherry, and a trace of cherry.

Lots of spice, a bit of orange, and a wash of cherry. Aftertaste is more savory, but verges on tasting like carbonic acid. Kinda tart.

Nice and smooth. Otherwise unremarkable.

Nice, but probably on the long end of aging limits.

zaphodchak, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.