Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by FreshHawk:
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A - Deep cherry walnut with dark ruby hues. A good sized, creamy, dense, frothy, toasted marshmallow colored head that looks gorgeous. Very good retention finally settling into a nice layer of lace.
S - Spice, pine and herbal aroma is pretty strong with some caramel and toffee malt aromas providing a background. Pine/spruce and orange are the strongest of the spice aromas.
T - Similar to the nose but other spices come out a bit stronger. Pine/spruce and orange (both rind and orange) are still quite strong but other spices (clove, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg - typical Christmas spices). In the background there is a sweet caramel and toffee malt flavor along with some brown sugar sweetness. A little on the bitter side.
M - Lighter side of medium body with a good level of carbonation. Pretty smooth but has a slight thin/watery feel.
D - I enjoyed drinking this and it went down easy enough, but I wouldn't want more than 2 due to the strong spice.
Notes: This was my first vintage of the OSA. I enjoyed this beer and it was very Christmasy with the spruce and spices. It looked beautiful and tasted nice, and I enjoy it for a winter night. That said, I wouldn't want it all the time, and it is quite spicy and had a surprising bitter bite.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2010 03:58:09 | More by FreshHawk
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
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 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.
Overall, I'd say this year's vintage has held up just fine, and I would be well interested to see how it improves in the years to come.
Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2010 ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 01:41:02 | More by mfnmbvp
3.69/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed alongside Anchor Christmas 2012 and Anchor Christmas 2011 on Black Friday 2013:
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.
Sturdy malts with pine, clove, brown sugar sweetness, and pumpernickel. Lightly spiced, in its age, with flourishes of allspice and coriander. Still dark and almost grapey in its fruitiness. Decently roasty, but with a gentle softness of age mellowness.
A good bit of bitterness, and the spices have been dumbed down quite a bit. The pine lingers, along with clove and dark sugars. There's a well-accomplished malt base going on, and the result proves simple, but delicious. Added aging has given this a push of dark fruits; grape, dried fig, and prune, but they're all very quiet and blended. Some licorice and an added vinous note from the aging that gives it complexity.
A nice full body with light warmth. Light carbonation is enough to push this one forward and allows the flavors to evolve, specifically, the fruit flavors. This beer really held together, texturally.
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2013 23:32:55 | More by thecheapies
Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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