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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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lnashsig

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Ding for this one. 2010 vintage, 1 of 5 in a vertical. Poured from bottle into oversized snifter. Pours a nearly black/brown color, as it pours, some light comes through. Very little to no head retention. Smell- ginger root, liquorice, brown sugar. Ginger is most prevalent flavor. Some sweet molasses wafts. Taste- tight carbonation, liquorice on the back of the throat, and then a semi-sweet malt presence. It is really lacking in the sweetness I was expecting, it is actually quite watery. I get ginger on the aftertaste, maybe a hint of peppermint. A little bizarre. Drinkable but not what I was hoping it would be. Glad to taste it regardless, as it is a totally different experience than older vintages I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:05:53 | More by lnashsig
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-21-2012 12:30:17 | More by KAP1356
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-03-2012 14:14:52 | More by RobertColianni
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. This beer is almost two years old - I forgot about it in the back of my fridge.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown/amber color with a finger of light tan head. Retention is average.

S: Woah, allspice and nutmeg are very prominent in this beer. Behind that, I get a bit of caramel sweetness and burnt sugars.

T: Similar to aroma - lots of spices - allspice, ginger, and a bit of spicy pepper. As the beer warms, I get some toffee and burnt sugars - quite nice. The malt profile is a bit more intense and complex than the aroma let on.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

O: Not bad with a nice malt flavor, but the spices are a bit much. Either more malt flavor is needed, or less spices are needed to balance the beer out.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 03:02:36 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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ChanChan

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-13-2012 15:22:45 | More by ChanChan
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scm2787

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

08-22-2012 01:07:25 | More by scm2787
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-18-2012 14:31:57 | More by t0rin0
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +27.6%

07-14-2012 05:23:17 | More by ssjkyle
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hanlonrn


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-10-2012 12:22:29 | More by hanlonrn
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-22-2012 01:56:58 | More by pearljam118
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Zaphog

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

06-09-2012 01:22:58 | More by Zaphog
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-07-2012 04:50:20 | More by beergorrilla
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stcules

Italy

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, bright ruby edges. One finger of a good beige head.
In the smell a lot of alpine herbs, toasted malt, liquorice and various spices, candy sugar. A hint of cinnamon.
At the taste too, toasted, liquorice, then again cinnamon herbaceous, alpine.
Pleasant, smooth, with somethin balsamic, piney.
Well balanced by the caramel base, pleasant to drink.
Again liquorice and a touch of light balsamic in the aftertaste, not too long.
Relatively light body.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 21:27:03 | More by stcules
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baconman91

Ohio

5/5  rDev +27.6%

06-01-2012 15:33:44 | More by baconman91
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crobinso

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

05-29-2012 00:39:20 | More by crobinso
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-29-2012 02:46:11 | More by OldTime
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moneyfunnel

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-24-2012 00:27:53 | More by moneyfunnel
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-20-2012 02:09:04 | More by brez8791
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-18-2012 14:34:22 | More by yergermeister
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 12/9/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep cherry red with a brown ring of hazy foam on top. Carbonation is hard to locate underneath the dark body, which takes on a cranberry glow in the light.

Notes of spruce, pine needle, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark fruit, molasses and a touch of alcohol make this "the holiday season" in a scent.

Flavor opens with cherry, followed by a peppery holiday spice. This is backed by a deep smoky dryness, plum and prune. I'm catching some sweet pipe smoke and maple syrup as the flavor lingers on the tongue, providing a resonating dryness that I don't recall from previous releases.

Another top notch effort, which manages to pack a lasting, warming effect.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 19:02:33 | More by deapokid
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deonreds

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

03-18-2012 06:34:30 | More by deonreds
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M27

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

03-04-2012 03:26:20 | More by M27
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

03-03-2012 21:08:21 | More by Hanzo
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +27.6%

02-25-2012 12:20:35 | More by Rocketman8911
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czar78

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-16-2012 22:35:17 | More by czar78
Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.