Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A 355ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2011. Picked this up from my local beer specialist - an old Christmas beer from last year. The label states that this is a US import, and has a cool drawing of a cypress featured on the front. I hope the age hasn't caused too much damage!
Poured into a pint glass. A deep brown colour - almost black, although has a deep reddish hue when held up to the light. Forms a large light-brown head with good retention; it subsides to leave a film of fine creamy bubbles on the surface. Fantastic aroma of sweet malt with lots of hoppy pine and citrus notes.
Tastes of rich, sweet malt with plenty of hops to add flavour. Slight bitterness, but mostly lots of pine and citrus notes. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Body feels a little thin, although it goes down smoothly with mild astringency. Interesting hoppy aftertaste.
In summary, an impressive beer with a big flavour. As I've not tried it before, it's hard to judge how the taste profile has evolved since brewing. The body seems slightly weak but I love the pine notes. I'd recommend it, but I doubt there are many left...
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2011 02:53:04 | More by jazzyjeff13
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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.