Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 405 | Reviews: 340 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by davidchollar:
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Charcoaly dark in the middle with crimson ruby edges and a nice beige head. Foam at the top thins out quick but never quite disappears, leaves a nice lacing all around the chalice. Smells familiar - Christmassy, spicy, malty and hoppy all at once! Seems to be about the same as I remember from last year's offering. Similar to others of this style that I can recall. It's really a lovely smell that is defined by its spiciness. Almost like some kind of exotic dessert it seems both sweet and spicy.
The taste is where it gets surprising. Much fuller and maltier than I remember. If I didn't already know the ABV, I would think this could clock in at 9% - not because it smells or tastes like alcohol, but because of the rich fullness of flavor. Like gingerbread with ice cream, chocolate, sour raspberries and coffee. And a beautiful, crisp dry finish. This is really a perfect winter warmer - made even better that it's NOT 9%, so you can have more than a few (^_<)~★
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2009 11:35:41 | More by davidchollar
More User Reviews:
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.