Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by TLove:
District of Columbia
4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This beer is the best winter warmer I've had so far, hands down. It really invoked a holiday feel, with its strong scents of spruce and nutmeg and a ton of other great holiday scents that I always associate with this time of year.
The color and beautiful residue brown components to the color and head are comforting. As mentioned, the smell truly has the capacity to firmly supplant one into a memory. The taste is strongly spiced, leaving little taste for the hop structure to butt in, yet it does slightly. There is a sense of earthiness that lends to black truffle and dark chocolate. Slightly sweet and balanced throughout. Yeastiness fills in at just the right time, along with the spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, which carry through to the end. The finish is smooth and very very soft. Wonderfully engrossing.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2009 04:51:58 | More by TLove
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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 404 ratings.