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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

499 Ratings
very good

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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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Photo of solarbeers
3/5  rDev -23.5%

solarbeers, Dec 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

sludgy, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

roblund, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of jucifer1818
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
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.

lnashsig, Nov 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

KAP1356, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

RobertColianni, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Sep 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ChanChan, Sep 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

scm2787, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

hanlonrn, Jul 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

pearljam118, Jun 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Zaphog, Jun 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

beergorrilla, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of stcules
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.

stcules, Jun 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

baconman91, Jun 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

crobinso, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

OldTime, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

moneyfunnel, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

brez8791, Apr 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of deapokid
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.

deapokid, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.