Our Special Ale 2007 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by wailingwench:
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Eye Candy: Deep mahogany with a caramel colored bubbly head that quickly disappears. Transparent garnet in the light, no lacing to speak of. Minimal carbonation. Retained its edges for a min or so, died soon after, appears flat and lifeless. Time for an epi?
The Nose Knows: Belgian ale yeast, touch of alcohol, mild cherry/cranberry tartness, caramelized brown sugar, and burnt molasses cookies
Tongueland: Initial impression is slightly thin, but thickens nicely as this brew is exposed to ambient air and temp. Caramelized brown sugar which is cleared by the tartness of dried cranberries, poof of smoke at the end begging to dance at the prom with anise, and licorace mingling in the corner. Underlying earthy hops that beg to emerge under the smoke and spice. Slick palate coating in finish, this one is a nice change up from the typical spiced holiday brew.
Bender Factor: At 5.5, this brew wont get you twisted. However, there is something about drinking winter style spiced ales that tend to affect one's typing early on in the tasting session. Especially after the Bills lose at home :)
ETC: this brew reminds me of a cross between a brown ale, a cranberry lambic, and a scotch ale with peat added for the touch of smoke.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2007 03:01:27 | More by wailingwench
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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
2.23/5 rDev -43.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Many thanks to DING for the chance to taste this one- the first in a vertical that he kindly sent me last week. As I write this, I think about how ironic it is to be posting a review within a site that treated him very poorly and unfairly. Sorry Ding, this is where I review for now until I figure out something better or get off my ass and make a blog or something. Here we go:
Poured into brooklyn tulip from bottle. Pours a very thick and terrifically dark red/brown color. I noted the viscosity of this pour as it came out of the bottle. Great looking beer, and I'm ashamed to say that this may be the first time to ever have this one. Smell- so complex. I get port wine, chocolate dark fruits, some oxidation, and a weird beef jerky funky aroma. There is some sort of salty aroma. Some of this may sound bad, but its very complex and interesting. I'm thinking the port wine aroma is the dominant one. Taste- utterly bizarre. I get a watery backbone, some of that port/cognac flavor I detected on the aroma, but then it gets bizarre and a little unpleasant. That metallic/oxidized flavor hits me, as does the smoky/salty/beef like flavor. This is an interesting example of what happens to some beers over time (one would assume, because I have not had it fresh yet), but its a cautionary tale. I'll report back the next time I try another vintage for comparison notes.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2012 01:16:42 | More by lnashsig
Our Special Ale 2007 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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