Our Special Ale 2007 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Got this recently because I love Anchor's beers and I look forward to this every year. I've had this in years past, and 2007 Special Ale was not a letdown, by any means. I don't see this as being everyone's cup of tea, but it's slowly growing on me as I down it!
The pour was nice - a nice, deep nut brown hue was this beer's hallmark, since there wasn't a lot of head and the lacing was nowhere to be found. Ditto for the carbonation, but since this is so dark and rich, that doesn't bother me at all. There's an awful lot of flavor here, and amazingly, they all work together harmoniously. The floral notes that are the backbone of the Anchor Steam can be found here, along with vanilla, currant, cherry, licorice, toffee, and nuts. Nothing dominates over the other, and this might be one of the deepest and smoothest beers I've ever enjoyed. Not only is it warming me up, but it's a meal unto itself!
The 5.50% is perfect, as well. Just a slight kick to warm me up, but there's no alcohol taste here whatsoever. If you enjoy a well-crafted beer that calls for introspection and slow enjoyment, look no further. Anchor has another winner here and once again, has shown me why I look forward to the holidays so much. This brew is worthy enough to be numbered every year!
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2007 08:31:11 | More by JerzDevl2000
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Deep dark red color. Thick layer of creamy tan head. Nice lace.
Smells strange and wonderful. Something much like root beer, with a vaguely minty aspect, bordering on Jagermeister. A touch of solvent. Spicy and herbal notes like pine; cassia or cinnamon; perhaps some cardamom; and others, blending together seemlessly and elusively.
Tastes drier than it smells, almost completely dry. Dark toasty malt, with savory dry spices, a refreshing quasi-minty herbal note, some grassy/herbal hops, fruit like white grape and plum, and some acidity. Long complex finish: herbs, spices, dark toast.
Smooth creamy texture, even suggestive of oatmeal. Certainly drinkable.
Great beer, with character.
6/1/2014 (cellared for 6 and a half years at 55 degrees F):
Red-brown color with some beige froth.
Smells like pine tree, spices, caramel, malt. Surprisingly fresh with 6 1/2 years on it.
Tastes delicious. Malt, pine, spices - cinnamon, allspice, cardamom - and finishes cool, fresh and herbaceous.
This has aged shockingly well; nice surprise that it wasn't silly to cellar a few of these.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2014 10:07:22 | More by Beerzebub
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, with a more than obvious vintage date. Code on the back label reads 703. Vintage 2007, making this the third oldest beer I've ever drank, behind the 2006 and 2005 vintages of this beer.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a half finger of chocolate tan head on top of an extremely dark mahogany colored body with some ruby highlights. Almost opaque in the glass. Nice frothy head when given a good swirl, with some nice thin tan lacing. Looks pretty nice.
S - Smell is of creamy caramel, woody earthiness, cloves, chocolate malt, maybe a hint of zesty ginger, cherry-vanilla, some light herbal spice rack notes, and some dark fruit like dates, figs, and raisins.
T - Taste is of chocolate malt / amber malt / red malt, tea leaves, caramel sweetness, dried earthiness, some herbal / woody tree bark type taste, cola, dried grass, some cocoa / pine bitterness, and some lightly vinous cherry / raisin. Chocolate malt seems to take the lead here, this type around.
M - Feel is fairly smooth & creamy. Finish is mostly clean and dry, with a bit of stickiness, some powdery cocoa bitterness, and some bitter herbal earthiness on the palate. Feel is more full and not as watery as past vintages that I've tried.
Overall, another different and unique holiday vintage from Anchor. Much more noticeable chocolate malt presence this time around which I found delightful. I look forward to more as these continue to impress me. In all, I'd say this vintage has held up well, and will continue to enjoy the ride for many more years to come.
Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2007 ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 21:25:44 | More by mfnmbvp
Our Special Ale 2007 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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