Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2006 OSA Served Fresh
Presentation: Arrives in the archetypal short fat squat clean lined 12 fluid ounce Anchor bottle. The OSA format is continued and all of the familiar traits are maintained. The cream colored label has red writing and a green picture of a "Fagus Silvatica (European Beech) as the chosen foliage for the 2006 label.
Appearance: I opted to use my 2005 straight sided gold rimmed Pint Glass for this one. It proved to be the perfect receptacle. The dark mahogany body has a rich ruby backdrop. The head is dark brown with a tanned complexion and stays resilient at a ¼ thick throughout. Spotted lacing, but nothing to write home about. Conditioning is enough, but a bit less than previous years it seems
Nose: The usual spicy nose pummeled with gingerbread snap and lots of Brandy snap too. Beyond this it is always hard to extract exact elements but I do get some herbs, pine oils, sneaky hints of dark chocolate and a little musty wet wood.
Taste: As past years allude to, it has all the usual qualities, heavy hints on the spices and ginger. Zesty pine needles and a rich McVities Jamaica Ginger Cake Parkin, Lyles Black Treacle, Golden Syrup toppings and English Brandy Snaps, The sponge cake texture carries the wondrous flavors like a flying Peter Pan. The finish this year has a lot of pine and spruce laden hop oils. Lovely!!!
Mouthfeel: Well aerated and smooth with a lot of thick carpet underlay. This years brew has a superbly comfortable feel.
Drinkability: It is a good job that I have a Six-Pack of this one, because OSA is always one of those brews that must be purchased in multiple samples. One bottle is simply never enough!
Overall: I love the Anchor OSA brews, over time I have come to adore their fabulous individualistic profiles but the overall Victorian Xmas character is one that has endured some 30+ years and the continuing popularity right now just shows what a masterful brew this is. An American Micro Xmas Seasonal benchmark that still takes some beating. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2006 07:34:32 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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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
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2013 22:43:51 | More by mfnmbvp
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2012 02:16:54 | More by zaphodchak
Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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