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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

senselessinsanity, Jun 20, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12/9/2007:

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.

Beerzebub, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

afsdan, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

pinnser, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

BillRoth, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
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.

mfnmbvp, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Our Special Ale 2007 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.