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Our Special Ale 2000 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2000 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2000 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-04-2000)
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2000 bottling from the cellar.
Mahogany hue with a decent tan head. Strong smell of burnt caramel, orange peel, cloves. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A slight oxidized smell does not detract. Earthy, woody, lightly toasted malt taste with spice flavors that echo the smell.
A smooth, subtle malt beverage here.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 15:42:41 | More by beerceller99
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drabmuh

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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friends the other day. Beer served in a snifter of some sort. Beer is dark brown but mostly clear at the corner, thin head, beer is carbonated still but barely.

Aroma is sweet, a little oxidized but not badly.

Beer is a little papery but the flavors are strong, I don't know the ABV on this but I think there is some alcohol in the palate, the beer is good with a nice finish. I liked it.

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02-01-2012 04:51:13 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a dark cola color with a whispy light tan head and not much in the way of lacing. A few bubbles on top and a half-collar. Not bad for a brew this old. The nose brings a bit of pine and light wintry spices. Some dark malt there as well. Flavor has a touch of malt and spice, but is fairly tame. The mouthfeel is slightly-watery, which pulls back from the flavors. A great beer to try, though past its prime at this point.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:39:23 | More by Thorpe429
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-08-2012 21:51:32 | More by imperialking
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-24-2011 12:20:36 | More by jophish17
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 1500 mL magnum,

A: Pours a somewhat ruddy red-brown with a considerable off-white head for how old it is. Still looking good.

S: Large amount of direct cinnamon, nutmeg, wood, smells a bit like poutpourri, but in a good way.

T: Cinnamon dominates with a nice malt play. Fairly complex, no hop character to be found.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad chalky at times. Soft carbonation, pretty smooth overall.

O: By far the oldest OSA I've ever had, so I was really happy to try this and see that it held up so well.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 21:38:47 | More by Halcyondays
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pperez38

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-01-2011 08:30:18 | More by pperez38
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle i picked up at a store that has all of these from 2000 on. i paid $2.49 for this one. drank from my new belgium globe.

A- this one pours out a very deep and dark brown with some reddish highlights to it. the head on top is pretty small, but surprisingly still there. oh and its a khaki color. it fades pretty fast and leaves behind nothing as far as lacing goes.

S- the initial whiff brings lots of christmas spices to my nose. nutmeg and cinnamon stand out the strongest. after that i pick up some roasted malts and dark chocolate. somewhat nutty smelling also.

T- the taste starts out with some dark chocolate and the roasted malts i could smell. it briefly becomes nutty before moving into spice country. cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little bit of clove. there is a slight coffee finish.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation level is still there, but not lively either. very smooth.

O- im amazed how this isnt showing terrible signs of oxidation. very enjoyable. it seems it still has some time left on it, but im not sure its going to get much better with any additional age. ten and a half years is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 23:22:17 | More by jwinship83
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

The Second Day of Beermas... It pours a murky burnt sienna topped by a minor half-finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, buttery biscuits, tobacco, cedar, light dark chocolate, and a touch of roasted malts. The taste shows its age with a swampy muddling of chocolate, light coffee, musty greens, and light char. I'm thinking oxidation has done a small number on this here brew. The body is a lazy medium, with a light carbonation and a smoothly gloopy feel. Overall, it looks as though Father Time has smacked this brew around a bit over the past decade.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 05:53:54 | More by TMoney2591
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radshoesbro

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first got interested in aging these when I tried a 1992 and 1994 at Christmas in July.

Magnum, shared with friends.

The pour is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! This is one of the best looking beers I've seen in a while. Dark brown with massive head and tons of lace. The head recedes quickly enough that it's not annoying.

This smells so delicious! Mass spice and a beautiful christmas tree element round it out.

Tastes of good spiciness that has become slightly subdued over time, but it's still very prevalent.

At first I thought this was slightly weak in the mouth, but as I got used to it, I started liking it more.

Serving type: bottle

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Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, murky brown, topped with a thin collar of tan head. A couple amoebas of lace cling to the glass here and there. The head drops out entirely about halfway through.

The aroma is mildly spiced, much of what I expect from Anchor's special ale has dropped out or at least receded. An odd wet wool smell seems to have entered the mix. Molasses and roasted malt is most prominent. Perhaps that, plus some oxidization, gives it that vaguely metallic woolly scent. Once it warms more of the spiced roastiness takes over, but I can't shake that wet dog smell from my brain.

The flavor is gentle and diminished. Seems a little feeble. The carbonation has gotten very soft on this one. I could compare it to cask ale. Lighter bodied than what I expect from this beer. Molasses, paper, brandy, carob, nutmeg, wood and very light pine needle. Light fruitiness, with a touch of dry sourness in the end. Finishes dry and a bit weak.

I think this one's getting a little past its prime. The aroma in particular gets unpleasant once I identified the smell, making it somewhat hard to finish.

Serving type: bottle

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hopdog

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried 5 vintages on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich ('00, '01, '02, '03 & '04). The '01 was my favorite with the '00 a close 2nd. Nice subtle, malty, caramel aromas and tastes. Molasses. Light spices. I'm glad I had the chance to compare the 4 vintages on tap.

NOTE: did a tasting on 1/15/05 that included years '87, '90, '94, '97, '98, '00, '01, '02, & '03. The '02, '01 & '94 stood out as the best of the bunch. The '94 had a nice whiskey taste to it that the others did not. I thought the older vintages held up well over the years.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 18:23:29 | More by hopdog
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4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing what a little bottle age can do for a great beer. Available at Max's, where I'm at right this minute. They currently have both magnums and 12 ounce bottles of this beer. My review is from a 12 ounce bottle.

The beer pours an amber brown color with red highlights. Head retention and lacing is minimal, and carbonation is light and soft. On the nose one gets a smorgosbord of chocolate, brown sugar and dark fruits. There's something of a pudding like aroma to this beer. On the palate... this beer has now reached beer perfection. I'm almost thinking I should bow down before it. So rich, soft and long. The finish is endless. Flavors include blueberry, plum, chocolate, molassess... and flavors I can't even beging to describe. There's some sugardaddy and soy sauce flavors as well in this one. The mouthfeel is what I envision all great beers having. It's light and soft, almost cotton candy like... but so long, creamy and plush. After 8 years a drop off in flavor and intensity would be understandable, but this beer has not reached that point yet. Abv. is but an after thought.... drinkable? Yes, I rather think so.

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Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 21:06:39 | More by John_M
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Vancer

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eight year old beer, PARTY !

Cutting to the chase, this one has the classic Xmas ale aroma, deep pine with a nutty undertone. The quaff has mellowed too far at this point in the journey, a semi-flat woody and malty brew, but the hop seemed to have died off.

Still drinkable after all this time, and tons of yeasties coat the bottle bottom.

Thanks to timtheenchata for the brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 21:57:28 | More by Vancer
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Color is a very dark, rusty brown/black. The head was a lovely two and a half finger head with great retention. Maintains a good, thick filmy head throughout the entire beer.

Smell- Nutmeg mixed with chestnuts and roasted malts. Some tart wood notes noticed as well.

Taste- Starts out woody and tart but then hints at some coffee and deep dark roasted malts. The finish is a bit gritty with a few sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel- A little cloying as far as the tartness factor goes. Plus the oaken wood seems to stick out a bit too.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 20:04:50 | More by scruffwhor
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark mahogany with translucent edging.
Ambitious, thick, tan head fell rather quick leaving almost no lace.
Bitter chocolate infused coffee grounds up front in the aromatics, followed through with spruce needles, treacle, molasses, and nutmeg.
Nose finishes warm and spicey, with a shadow of roast menthol.
Medium bodied, and a bit flatish, creamyness from other vintages seems astray.
Pallet starts out with bitter chocolate- covered coffee beans,
then warming spices.
Pine bark, anise, nutmeg, continue along with some underlying lemon zest and coriander.
Finishes slow, bitter, and warm, with a tart suggestion.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 22:44:36 | More by brewandbbq
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample taste at Chicago Beer Society vertical tasting, Dec. 1, 2005. That makes this sample six years old. A nice, darker color than the 2001 Brown in color, with maltiness that tends to the Pale Ale category. Has the complimenting fruitiness of an English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 14:34:41 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5L magnum bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep black color with two fingers of medium tan head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is very sprucy, much like other Anchor OSAs (even though the recipes differ). Some caramel and burnt malt as well. The taste is also full of sprucy goodness. Lots of fresh pine under deep roasted malt. Some toffee sweetness. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability is nice. Another good Anchor OSA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 01:34:42 | More by SheepNutz
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a magnum. Thanks Sheep.

The beer is a nice deep dark brown color with a 3 finger head that falls to a quarter inch over top. The nose is nice molassas and gingerbread. Pretty strong and in my face. I like it. The flavor is a little weak to me. The nice molasses and light soy flavors are there along with the ginger flavor as well. The feel is a light moderate with a light carbonation. Drinkability is very nice. Its smooth and very tasty. Good show.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 01:30:38 | More by kmpitz2
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sheepnutz for sharing his magnum of this one. Pours a very dark color with a tall brown head that has nice retention and leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is mostly comprised of a pine thing and some dark malts. The flavor is an even mix of the pine spices and the dark malts. I like this one. The body is moderate, but I figure that it was much thicker when it was fresh. The drinkability is pretty good for a spiced beer. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 01:25:53 | More by clvand0
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Our Special Ale 2000 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.