Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by OldSchoolGamer:
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Anchor makes some pretty solid beers, and this is easily their best beer they make. Not only that, this is also up there with the best of the best Christmas Ales. Here is my review:
A: Pours a real murky brown. Not much light gets through the beer. Head is light brown and leaves some very nice lacing.
S/T: To say that this beer smells festive is an understatement. Very sprucy with lots of evergreen notes. Also a strong gingerbread man component. The taste is similar to the aroma. Lots of spruce and evergreen upfront. The gingerbread comes next along with a touch of cinnamon. The complexity doesn't stop there with hints of coffee, caramel, toffee, and nuttyness. For such a low ABV brew, this has a very full flavored taste. Excellent.
M/D: Mouthfeel is probably the weakest aspect of the beer, which isn't even bad. A little light and fizzy in the mouth with a slightly dry aftertaste. Wish it was a little creamier. Drinks very well. This beer doesn't last long in the fridge as it is so delicious, complex and sessionable.
This is a little different than most Christmas Ales as it is so well balanced with all the spices and malts. Every sip you get something different. A true classic and could be enjoyed by just about anybody.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2010 22:50:47 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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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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