Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kanyon22:
3.13/5 rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Lets just say I love Anchor Brewing Company's bottle style, something about those screams buy me. Okay on to the beer.
A: First off its a very dark brown color with red hue coming through, small tan head.
S: The aroma on this baby has some spicy/herbal smell with a bit of clove and allspice coming through also.
T: Not what i was expecting it was not as spicy as the nose was making it seem. Also seemed a little unbalanced with that roasted chocolate taste in the back end, that seemed to coat that back of the throat. It just didn't mix well for me.
M: Felt good going down had a nice thick feel to it.
D: This was an okay winter warmer, it came off like a spicy light porter that my mouth wasn't digging.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2009 04:56:03 | More by Kanyon22
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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.