Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It pours very dark, brown in color with some slight deep amber red highlights. Not very clear, but in my opinion more clarity to it than when it's on tap. Has an tan/cream colored head that was enormous when you pour it with several different sized bubbles. The froth goes away after about 15 minutes or so (I let this sit after one sip I had in the bottle because I thought it was better a little warmer). I still think this is one of the best winter warmers I've ever smelled before, I think it might smell a little bit better than on tap, but only slightly. It's pretty strong on sweet toasted malts. There was also a strong sweet aroma that smelled like molasses. Still subtle scents of holiday spices including but not limited to cinnamon and nutmeg. The not much of a hop smell. The taste is good, not as good as the smell. The taste included all of the previous mentioned smells, but the combined tastes bring about a gingerbread type flavor. The hop is more present in the flavor rather than the smell. The mouthfeel is good, very smooth with a dry bitter finish from the hop, and a very drinkable beer for any occasion. I think I might have liked this a little bit more from the bottle than on tap, mainly because the temperature regulation is a little easier. A great winter warmer.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2009 06:20:44 | More by AndyAvalanche
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3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
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 90H. My fifth vintage of this annual winter beer from Anchor.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours just over a finger of thick frothy tan head. The head gets noticeably thicker with each vintage, as they get fresher. Body is an opaque chestnut with lots of caramel around the edges when held to the light.
S - Lots of raisins / dates / figs / dried fruit on this year's vintage. Twigs, spices, leaves, licorice / anise, ginger, potpourri, and some creamy chocolate malt.
T - Taste is of thick creamy caramel / butterscotch / toffee, chocolate malts, cocoa powder, cola, and some cream. Spices have fallen more into the background, unlike what the aroma would suggest. Some herbal & chocolatey bitterness on the finish. Some ginger spice noticeable.
M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with good healty carbonation. Some chocolate bitterness lingering on the palate.
Overall, probably my second favorite of the vintages I have tried, next to the 2005, which seemed to have been the best for me so far. Glad to have tried it, and I would be interested to see how it holds up in the years to come.
Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2009 ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2013 00:58:42 | More by mfnmbvp
Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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