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Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

495 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 10-31-2010)
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Reviews by Fatehunter:
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brown with a half inch of off-white head.

S - Spices! Cinnamon, cider, eggnog and malt. Quite the interesting combo, but it smells like Christmas.

T - Hmm, fairly straight forward taste, some malt balanced with hops to avoid any dominate sweet or bitter taste. Though, there is an astringent taste at the end that is kind of off-putting.

M - Light and crisp body; medium towards heavy carbonation.

D - The taste was a let-down. The smell was all spicy, but the flavor was not matching. Drinkable, but I am going to find another beer to be my "Winter Warmer."

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 05:09:34 | More by Fatehunter
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12 oz. bottle, with a more than obvious vintage date. Code on the back label seems to read OOE. My seventh vintage of this stuff; expectations are good based on previous vintages.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick ruddy caramel, with one finger of fluffy tan head that recedes to a fat bubbly ring quickly. Looks much thicker and fuller than some of the previous years' vintages. Some scattered lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.

S - Smell is much darker and richer than some of the other years' vintages also. Dark dried spice rack notes - oregano, thyme, lemongrass, basil, licorice. And then the dark fruit kicks in: raisins, figs, dates. Twiggy earthiness, and some caramel malts.

T - Taste is quite rich and complex. Dark coffee bean roast, chocolate malt, vinous dark fruits: figs, raisins, dates, creamy caramel malt, herbal spice rack notes, licorice, & some leafy earthiness.

M - Feel is creamy and frothy with some dark herbal bitterness, tart dark fruits, and some sticky caramel lingering on the palate. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation that has held up well. Feels more thick and full-bodied than some of the older vintages I've had.

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Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2010 ---4/5.

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2010:
Pours a hazy dark chestnut brown. Dark mahogany, actually. The head pinnacled at about a half-inch, and then receded slowly to a sloshy beige cap. A bit of thick curly lace.

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2010 didn't do too badly after three years of sitting in the bottle. I probably should've cracked this one open last year, I think it would've come out supreme. Still, not a bad representation of Anchor's special seasonal.

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Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.