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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

407 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 407
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-02-2012 08:01:40 | More by ShemRahBoo
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oline73

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of fluffy off white head. There is some good retention and mild lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a strong molasses presence. Some mild spice that has faded a bit over time. Also some mild brown sugar.

Taste: This beer is really smooth. Just a touch of sweetness, the molasses still really stands out. Some spice and mild dark fruit notes. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit gritty.

Overall: I didn't remember liking this very much fresh, but I'm a big fan now. I would definitely have another.

12-26-2011 23:10:41 | More by oline73
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-24-2011 12:20:14 | More by jophish17
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Sinewave

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

12-18-2011 04:07:50 | More by Sinewave
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-14-2011 17:30:15 | More by THECPJ
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Shango42

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-14-2011 04:20:41 | More by Shango42
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-08-2011 08:10:02 | More by LSUPT
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-03-2011 00:58:54 | More by PhatAtUT
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pperez38

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-01-2011 08:31:34 | More by pperez38
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-29-2011 01:17:11 | More by DeutschesBier
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marchoftheclouds

Illinois

1.83/5  rDev -54.5%

Received in a trade via birchstick

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Ruby brown body, one finger of cream colored head quickly dissapating, very little lacing

S: First impression was, “I think I just found my first skunky beer.”

T: Malted vinegar, getting slightly better as beer warmed

M: Medium body, light carbonation. 

O: There was a 90V mark on back of label. I wasn't impressed, but would try again since hearing good things about this annual brew.

11-27-2011 05:18:50 | More by marchoftheclouds
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

11-22-2011 21:46:19 | More by brandoman63
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lcmir23

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-22-2011 01:54:11 | More by lcmir23
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-21-2011 20:54:18 | More by ElGallo
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-20-2011 14:02:12 | More by nh2032
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-20-2011 03:05:16 | More by rab53
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Amyliz4

Virginia

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-19-2011 18:18:44 | More by Amyliz4
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-17-2011 19:51:50 | More by ROGUE16
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 03:46:32 | More by Exiled
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BeerMe42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 03:03:52 | More by BeerMe42
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-15-2011 00:24:46 | More by thebouch01
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fmccormi

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 22:54:14 | More by fmccormi
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AlexM

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-14-2011 20:03:53 | More by AlexM
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz bottle, reviewed Dec. 2009.

Dark brown in color, maybe some reddish hues, with a well-formed beige head.

Big spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe clove, with a sweet roasty and smoky maltiness.

Mildly sweet flavor with huge mulling spices and a bit more smokiness than I remember from other vintages.

Medium-full bodied and smooth on the palate.

Up to par with the rest of the series.

08-26-2011 20:44:22 | More by nickd717
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Transcribed for undated notes.

I had this on-tap at Bridgewaters Pub in 30th Street Station in mid-to-late December 2009, put the notebook down when it got full and am just now getting back to it.

Danny served this to me with a finger of deep tan head with passable retention. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights. Nose had a musty smell underlain with a smoky spiciness borne of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. When I die, let it be in the Spring or Summer so that I may have one last go-'round with the Fall and Winter beers. The mouthfeel was full, close to creamy but bot quite there, with a musty, yeasty flavor accompanied by a very mellow cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness. The finish was extremely mellow, evocative of eggnog. NOW, we're talking! The last couple of vintages have been memorable for their overt piney-ness. This was like Goldilocks beer - just right!

06-12-2011 15:23:48 | More by woodychandler
Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.