Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by steveh:
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Complexity is thy name.
A -- Dark, cherry cola colored, nearly opaque, with a dense, dark tan to brownish head that holds up well and leaves good lacing.
S -- Earthy, roasted malt nose with clove, nutmeg and cinnamon notes - even some milk chocolate back.
T -- Mild citrus esters at first followed by mellow roasted malts accented with clove and cinnamon. Finishes with some earthy characters mingled with roasted malts that come off coffee-ish and hint at vanilla and milk chocolate. Aftertaste is lingering winter spices. Wow.
M -- Medium to full body with a soft to syrupy mouthfeel.
D -- Very nice drinkability. If this is high in ABV* it's hidden well behind the big flavor characters. A great beer for cold winter nights.
*Closer inspection of the label yields 5.5% ABV in the fine print -- nice, big and characterful flavor without being a head-banger.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2009 16:28:20 | More by steveh
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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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