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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

499 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 499
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 57 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Casey3236, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

SmellsofMahagony, May 04, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York (they were selling off old stock at the time and I noticed this among the selection). It's been stored in my garage ever since - I'm expecting it to be somewhat faded but we'll see. Season's greetings!

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A very dark ruby-brown hue with medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Looks pretty good for its age. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with notes of ginger, clove, mild cinnamon, spice, brown sugar, caramel, faint pine resin and yeast. Surprisingly well rounded.

Tastes of fruity roasted malt with a spicy character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of ginger, cinnamon, mild clove, spice, pepper, subtle roasted grain, brown sugar/caramel, faint pine resin and earthy yeast. There is a pretty harsh cardboard flavour in the background - this has deteriorated somewhat over the course of time. A considerable and slightly herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and spritzy, like soda, but rather thin and lacking in body. A dark, spicy beer such as this could do with being thicker. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of cardboard, bitter stewed leaves, spice and a vague fruitiness.

Not a bad brew, even after the time that has passed. However, it's clear from the flavour that this is over the hill. It looks the part, and the aroma is a satisfying blend of malt and spice with a touch of resinous hops. The taste falls along the same lines but has wet cardboard notes that indicate a degree of oxidation. The body feels subpar - too thin to do the flavour justice. All in all a good effort and a decent brew, but not intended to be kept quite so long. A belated Merry Christmas...

jazzyjeff13, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

elchingen, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy brown like a porter with a wheat bill to it.

Chocolate on the nose prevalently, ginger and mint. Doesn't disappoint here.

I agree with Inashsig, watery. I said in my original review it could use some mellowing from age but I was wrong. Ginger prevails leaving the dark malts so far in the background. There's the faintest peppermint on the back end. Did not take a turn at all like I'd wanted.

Still has a soda body which would be fine if there was more flavor to work with.

pants678, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.