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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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very good

505 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
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:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 10-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of pants678
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of RogerTheShrubber
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of lnashsig
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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