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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

277 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 277
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews by BeerRun13:
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BeerRun13

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome bottle. I'd love to use these for homebrewing, but they are twist off.

Pours a super dark burgundy color with more of a lighter cranberry color at the thinner spots of the glass. A nice light tan, creamy head fades a bit and leaves layers of thick lace.
Holliday spices with a sweet doughy aroma.
Nutmeg is the first noticeable flavor, and it is abundant but not cloying. Very nice and just right for the hollidays. A slight bitterness follows behind.
Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation. Spices almost leave a resiny/filmy feeling in the palate but only briefly.
Probably one of the better holliday beers that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 01:38:14 | More by BeerRun13
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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.

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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.

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Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.