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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

mbs11, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Lare453
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%

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
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4.48/5  rDev +11.4%

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
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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

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

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

OldTime, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

moneyfunnel, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

agreenman19, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Nate, Mar 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Rocketman8911, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

czar78, Feb 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

lizfig, Feb 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Doppelbockulus, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Kahlerbock, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -0.5%

1033rd Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
12 oz bottle

Thanks to @LouisM23 (Forgot his BA Name)

App- A good red crimson/brown pour with a good bit of a 1-1/2 fingers of khaki colored head. Falls to a good pond layer of foam with good retention and a sheen down the side of the glass.

Smell- A little bit of spice opens on this one with some nutmeg and faint trace of all spice. Maybe even a little bit of pepper to my nose. I get some toasted malts as well. A bit of a sweet molasses not wofts up.

Taste- Bam, the molasses comes in early on this one with the spice notes coming right after that. A good bit of sweetness and malt round out the flavors. A tad bit dry with a crumbly pastry dough like flavor.

Mouth- A nice medium dry body with some good residual spice and malt flavors. A nice bit of medium bubbly carbonation.

Drink- For the second vintage I have had this one was much better than the 2007. More assertive flavors, a bit more carbonation and just better overall. I'd like to find a 10 and an 11 to see if better is fresh or if 2 years is the sweet spot.

FosterJM, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.