Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by hoptrip619:
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I got to try this year's offering at the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival. While, I didn't have the opportunity to take many notes, I was motivated to swing by Bevmo to pick-up a six-pack for Thanksgiving.
A - The beer pours a dark mahogany with a tan head with respectable retention - ruby highlights when held up to the light.
S- There is definitely a lot going on in this beer. Upfront, there is spicy nutmeg, molasses, and coffee. Behind the prominent aromas is a subtle woodsy character.
T- Big chewy and complex malt profile. Toffee, burnt caramel, with a noticeable holiday spiciness of nutmeg & cinnamon. Also, some esters of dark fruits (plums, currants) that take a back seat to the malts and spice.
M/D - Medium-full bodied and very enjoyable if you're in the mood for one. I can't see myself having more than two of these bad boys but it's definitely worth it if you're looking for a little holiday cheer.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2009 17:44:50 | More by hoptrip619
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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
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