Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
3.43/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown with one finger of off white head. The head subsides moderately slowly. Good lacing.
Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg...lots of pumpkin pie spice. Some clove in there too. Smells like a pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. A little bit misleading for a winter warmer.
Taste: A quick bite from the spices, backed by bitter malt. There's a distinct bitterness that goes well into the aftertaste, but I think it's more from dark malts than hops. The initial spicy flavors fade surprisingly quickly, but there is a hint of sweet spice that permeates each sip. It doesn't really taste like the smell, however, and I'm not sure what to make of it. There's almost a slight sour note that comes through in the aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel: Overly carbonated, but otherwise nothing to complain about.
Drinkability: It is easy drinking, and not too high in alcohol, either. I'm not really sure what to make of it. It's not a bad beer, but not my favorite winter warmer, either.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2009 21:29:33 | More by StarlightSeraph
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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.