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Our Special Ale 2007 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2007 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2007 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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very good

389 Ratings

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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: MMAJYK on 11-03-2007)
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm doing a side-by-side with an '07 and an '09.

A dark ale, nearly opaque, but more of a raisin color rather than black. Purplish at the edges and semi-transparent with extra light. The head also reflects the purple hues. Not huge and doesn't retain endlessly, but leaves a sufficient ring. No visible carbonation. Honestly no difference between this and the other.

Citric notes that I haven't found in other years of this beer. Brighter aroma. Orange or lemon peel could be in here. A little bit of bubblegum, like in Anchor Porter. Apple, plum, prune. Even though the notes are pretty different on paper, it has more in common with the other than not, but it's clear the recipes for these change.

I would guess that this was hoppy when fresh. Light roasty notes (hint of cocoa; unique for these beers) on the back end that follow a malt profile that is more on the bready side. A bit of acidity (grape, apple) and maybe a little oxidation, leading to a bit of sourness. The flavor is sort of on the flat side. There is still some lingering citrus, but bitterness is not present. Spicy notes are pretty well hidden by now too. Malt is not as bold either, but still features dark fruit typically expected in this series. Not lacking in complexity.

Seems lighter in body than other editions. More on the fizzy side. Still apt for the style, and feels large enough for a beer that isn't particularly strong.

Well, I wouldn't wait any longer to drink these if you wanted to do so as a standalone. But I guess you can gamble on another year for verticals and comparisons. And it's interesting. Your palate will go on a journey. By no means will you feel like you're drinking a fresh beer, but it's clear why this has a reputation for being aged.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 07:17:23 | More by ommegoose
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our Special Ale 2007 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.