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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

392 Ratings

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: beerluvr on 11-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Purchased a year ago from a store’s cellar.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger tan head with decent retention. Lots of creamy lacing.

Smell: A spicy, roasty, and toasty malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, spices, and dark fruit. Roasted malt with hints of biscuit, chocolate, toasted bread, grains, cracker, and yeast. Big mix of winter spices with hints of cinnamon, clove, allspice, cardamom, and ginger. Dark fruit hints of plum, raisin, fig, and dates. Sweet brown sugar hints. Light earthy hop hints. A pretty good aroma at this age.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and toasty malt forward taste with good notes of chocolate, spices, and dark fruit. Roasted malt with notes of biscuit, toast, chocolate, grains, cracker, and yeast. Sharp mix of winter spices with some cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom, and allspice. Big presence of dark fruit with notes of raisin, fig, plum, cherry ,and dates. Sweet taste of brown sugar along with some light earthy hops. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth with a very drying finish.

Overall: A very good aged brew. The dark roast flavors have fallen off a bit but the dark fruit has really emerged.

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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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