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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

505 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 59 | 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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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.

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Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.