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