Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by Tdizzle:
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on 10/20/09. Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.
A- This beer pours a dark, dark brown with ruby-red hues when held up to light. A tan colored head of foam settles to a thin film atop the beer. Not much lacing to be found.
S- Bold notes of molasses, rich dark fruits and anise. An herbal spiciness meets a slightly creamy citrus note too.
T- The flavor is full of darkish characteristics such as molasses, fruity dark malts, mild dark chocolate, and black licorice. Some of the citrusy notes of the aroma come through towards a slightly dry finish that leaves a mildly bitter taste of burnt malts on the back of the tongue.
M- A lush, smooth, medium-bodied texture with soft carbonation bubbles that nicely balance the feel and the flavor of this beer.
D- This is one of my favorite beers of the season, and drinking the first OSA of each November. And exploring the slight variations in the recipe (if there are any), is always a fun drinking experience. However, I wouldn't be able to consume more than one of these in a sitting due to it's richly spicy and herbal characteristics.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2009 07:23:16 | More by Tdizzle
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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.