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Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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90
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405 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackie on 11-02-2009)
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thartman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle, coca-cola like in color, decent head which disapates after awile, minimal lacing.

Smell of gingerbread cookies, malt, oatmeal, and spice.

Nice complex flavor matching the nose, with some hop bitterness and toasted malt mixed in. A little hop bitterness on the finish with some malty sweetness and gingerbread mixed in.

Medium-bodied and a pretty easy drinker. One of my favorite holiday brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 22:09:16 | More by thartman
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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.

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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.

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Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.