Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by Josievan:
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pleasing rustic ruby color, not too much head to speak of.
Smell: Holiday spices dance around the nose.
Taste: Spices are up front, including ginger, nutmeg, a dash of cinnamon, and even a pinch of peppermint. The malt backbone is sturdy enough to allow the spices to be in the foreground without overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: A tad thin for so many flavors going on. Pretty heavily carbonated.
Drinkability: Easy drinking, despite all the spice. An ideal after-dinner beer.
Notes: This is the first beer I've had of this style, and Anchor Christmas Ale is exactly what I was hoping a winter warmer would be! And this is coming from someone who is not a big fan of highly spiced beers. I will recommend this festive beer to friends this holiday season!
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2009 00:33:21 | More by Josievan
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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 405 ratings.