Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Ok, I poured a bit aggressively, but I got about three fingers of head here - enough that I had to stop pouring and then start again after waiting for the head to die down some.
An oatmeal colored, frothy head leaves huge curtains of lace around the top of the glass. Below is a deep brown-red beer, with hues like deeply-stained woodwork.
On the nose, the characteristic piney, woodsy, and mildly spicy notes of the Anchor OSA. While each version is a bit different, these points are seemingly consistent from year-to-year.
I'm distinctly picking up gingerbread and all that involves, with undertones of pine, woodiness, and a bit of cappucino. Really well-balanced.
While there is an initial crispness, it quickly turns creamy, and just rolls over your tongue - it's tough to even believe this is a beer.
While I wouldn't necessarily consider it a "warmer," and not mind-blowing, it is really enjoyable - I could defintely drink this for the rest of the season.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2009 04:07:05 | More by mdcrouser
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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.