Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by ommegoose:
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I'm doing a side-by-side with an '07 and an '09.
A dark ale, nearly opaque, but more of a raisin color rather than black. Purplish at the edges and semi-transparent with extra light. The head also reflects the purple hues. Not huge and doesn't retain endlessly, but leaves a sufficient ring. No visible carbonation.
Dark sweet fruits. Stewed plum and cranberry. Cobbler-like. Berry, cherry. It does seem Christmassy. I would think there are cinnamon and nutmeg in here in some dose. If other editions recalled dark fruit, this is darker fruit, almost like a Belgian dark ale even.
Really fruity malts with a hint of tartness. Some cranberry-like bitterness. A little bit of piney hops. Bock-like raisin and prune notes. Black cherry. Spices do not seem to be all that forward. Maybe the age has taken them down a bit. They start to make a comeback after some palate fatigue. Finish does have hop bitterness and plum fruitiness. Complex.
Body is on the full side for a beer that is not particularly heavy. Light carbonation, very smooth.
Deadly drinkability, but I think my thirst for a delicious beer is skewing me. Still, I would gladly throw a few of these back. The only problem is slowing down so as to properly savor it. This is certainly drinking really well at over one year now. I'm glad I held on to one last bottle for review.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2011 07:40:50 | More by ommegoose
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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.