Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by PhiloPsych:
4.78/5 rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I picked this up at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa on the recommendation of the beer guy there (he always makes great recommendations). The color was darker brown than I expected and the smell was very pleasantly bready, sweet, and roasty. The head was puffy and left a nice thick lacing. Delicious taste! Toast and molasses up front. A very nice, sweet, citrus tartness toward the end. Extremely impressive brew from a brewery I don't regularly give my patronage. This is fantastic with the sesame-seeded baguette and chevre I'm eating! The beer guy recommended this for its hops and arboreal flavors. Those aspects are a bit understated for me, but I couldn't care any less. This is a wonderful beer!
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2009 23:56:25 | More by PhiloPsych
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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.