Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by CHADMC3:
3.95/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a light chestnut brown with deep copper hues and a massive, dense tan head that slowly gives way to a thick, sticky lacing.
Great aromas of winter spices such as cinnamon and allspice, also brown sugar, and sweet malt.
The spices of the nose are mirrored in the palate including the cinnamon and brown sugar as well as more of a roasted malt. There appears to be a sweet nuttiness, and possibly even a slight smokiness.
Medium in body with generous carbonation, well spiced, with just a bit of bite at the finish.
This is a tasty winter warmer. It is balanced and easy to drink with just the right amount of spice to blend with the malt and not overwhelm the palate.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2009 04:44:11 | More by CHADMC3
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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
90 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.