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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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407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

mfnmbvp, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

chippo33, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Doomcifer, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Brewer1980
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev -0.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

petermethot, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dgherm, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -0.5%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of brheuer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Thunder
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Thunder, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Budinetz, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of JonIrabagon
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JonIrabagon, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev -0.5%

morebeergood, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev -0.5%

cliff1066, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of wesbray
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

wesbray, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mbs11, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Lare453
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade

a cola brown with a small, thin khaki head. No lacing

S amazing!! Big, vibrant dark fruits, plum, strawberry, black cherry, Cabernet grapes, tropical fruits, light spice, cinnamon, ginger

T a light and fruity beginning, the middle is plum, black cherry, the end is cinnamon spiced apple pie with raisins and ginger. The after taste is short, too short for such a delicious beer. The aftertaste flavor is a fading spice and ginger.

M lightest crisp, almost thin, light carbonation

O amazing. With three years of age on it, it is amazing. I ouwld highly recommend drinking this if you ever find one.

Lare453, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

KAP1356, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown with a medium head and medium body. Aroma of dark fruit, sweet and lightly toasted malt and Christmas spices. Flavor is sweet malt and spices up front, middle and finish malty with dark fruit and resinous pine hops, a bit sour. Quite different and tasty. A classic and wonderful Christmas ale.

LiquidAmber, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Jemenhiser
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Jemenhiser, Jul 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

hanlonrn, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.