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Our Special Ale 2008 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2008 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2008 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

451 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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: t0rin0 on 10-23-2008)
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Illinois

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Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-21-2013 02:35:31 | More by Mantooth
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-11-2013 05:03:14 | More by cliff1066
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California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2012 02:52:26 | More by mbs11
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Mcallaghan04

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-21-2012 12:33:19 | More by KAP1356
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david131

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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ChanChan

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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OldTime

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-29-2012 02:47:54 | More by OldTime
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Nate

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-27-2012 02:30:34 | More by Nate
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-27-2012 23:05:00 | More by AndrewMichael
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csiewert

Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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scottfrie

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Magnum into snifter. Consumed on Christmas 2011.

A: Pours a very dark ruddy brown with a very thick dark tan head that faded into a long lasting fuzzy film.
S: Scents of clove, cardamom, raisins, ‘tree’, caramel and tangerines.
T: Follows the nose with the usual OSA flavors. I get a hint of chocolate as well. Not as much pine, spruce etc as some of the other years, although it’s not as caramely and sweet either.
M: Medium body, slick chewy mouthfeel with low but bubbly carbonation.
O: Not the best of the years that I’ve had. This beer is still pretty sweet too. A decent drink, no hurry to open it if you have it.

12-30-2011 04:06:09 | More by scottfrie
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weisserj

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Consumed Christmas night (12/25/2011). 3 year vintage.

Pours dark brown, almost black, into Chimay chalice. 2 finger off-white (beige?) head that does not last too long but instead descends into a small halo of foam. Shocking how little aromas I am able to detect but I’m getting a tiny amount of pine and maybe a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg? Again, it’s very hard to tell and perhaps I’m a bit congested from allergies but it seems extremely mild even when I put a nostril right up to the bottle. Taste is milder than I was expecting after reading all about the Anchor Christmas beers through the years (this is the 34th edition). Malts are in the front and a bit of piney aftertaste in the back. Goes down extremely smooth with no bitter or biting aftertaste. The cinnamon is present but thankfully not overdone-just right. Not boozy-tasting in the slightest but this truly is a winter warmer and can get you feeling very nice after just a few sips. I drank the first half fresh out of the fridge and let the second half mellow a bit in the glass to see if I could get more smells or flavors to stick out. A bit more aroma emerges and now it kind of reminds me of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

Is this a go-to ale? Well, not really since it’s now 2011 and the 2008 vintage is probably almost all consumed by now. I like it quite a bit and would definitely pick up another bottle if the opportunity arose.

I had found and purchased two bottles and even though I really like it I’m sticking to my plans to gift the second one to a friend. After all, it is the season of giving!

12-26-2011 01:58:01 | More by weisserj
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

2008 vintage opened 12/17/2011

A- Super dark brown/black pour with three fingers of light tan head. Slowly the soapy mass deflates leaving a thin ring and bunches of lacing.

S- Nutmeg and ginger, cinnamon with a slight buttery presence. Black coffee and figs with slight rum soaked raisin.

T- Brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and raisins. Slight cardboard tastes.

M- Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky on the lips.

O- Not bad. Definitely Christmas in a bottle.

12-18-2011 02:56:17 | More by korguy123
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Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Our Special Ale 2008 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.