Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by xnicknj:
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into snifter glass - thanks joe
Pours a deep auburn with some burnt hues, a lighter white head bubbles up, dissipates and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.
Plenty of spice in the nose, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of sweetness. Piny notes really make this smell like the holidays.
Begins with a nice wave of malty caramel, mixed in with dates and figs. Spice is the main flavor though with some piny hops and brown sugar. Finishes pretty clear with a note of sweetness and slight cherry.
Lighter medium body, mild carbonation, smooth feel and solid drinking. Not something I'd want to drink all month long, but a nice one to share with friends during the holidays.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2010 07:07:58 | More by xnicknj
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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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