Our Special Ale 2008 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
12 oz. bottle, with a more than obvious vintage date. Code on the back label reads 80U. Vintage 2008. My fourth beer from the annual Anchor winter releases.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a deep dark mahogany colored body; opaque in the glass with just the tiniest bit of ruby showing around the edges when held to the light. One finger of creamy tan foam that thins to a bubbly ring quickly. Some nice thin tan lacing. Looks good.
S - Smell is of amber / red malt, tea leaf sweetness, brown bread, yeast must, herbal spice rack notes, faint licorice / anise, and some jammy berry scents.
T - Taste is of oak wood, dark chocolate malt roast, caramel, cream, dirty herbal earthiness, mineral water, and piney hoppiness. Roasty chocolate malt seems to dominate this year's vintage.
M - Smooth and creamy. Thin and light-bodied with good carbonation. Finish is mostly clean with some mild stick.
Overall, not the best of the vintages I've had so far, but it was still a worthy addition to the line-up. I would be interested to see where this one goes with another few years of age on it, but alas I may never know. Definitely worth the try.
Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2008 ---4/5.
12-25-2013 22:29:31 | More by mfnmbvp
4.01/5 rDev +3.9%
Appearance: Deep mahogony in color, with a massive dark tan head with incredible persistence. The lacing rings the glass wall with exquisite tide marks.
Aroma: Massive dark malt and massive spruce notes. Bitter chocolate and earth are prominent in the aroma as well.
Taste: Opens with dark, earthy malts, and spruce. Dark, roasted malt notes dominate the taste, wit the spruce tips and hops in a supporting role. Finishes with lingering dark malt notes, and a persistent, mild earthy bitterness.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, velvety, and very pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: A superb example, which did not suffer from cellaring.
Presentation: Packaged in the ubiquitous Anchor twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
08-15-2013 02:11:31 | More by Pegasus
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
12oz with no date (hehe...)
dark look with a suprising amount of fluffy head. smell is heavy on the gingerbread with holiday spice and Christmas spruce tree. taste is similar, with the malt and hops being swallowed up by figs and holiday spices, with a gingerbread finish.
held up very well, now I need to try the rest.
07-16-2013 02:18:37 | More by jimmah120
Our Special Ale 2008 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.