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Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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87
very good

669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 12
Gots: 56 | 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: Daniellobo on 10-19-2011)
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hyprlt

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

1.5 inch (ish) tan head. A dark ruby, like dr. pepper. I read the previous review as I drank it and it reminded me of Mr. Pibb after he graduated med school.

Great smells. Very interesting blend of scent. Clove, slight bit of ginger maybe.

Taste seems to mirror aromas.

Carbonation is nice but liquid is a bit thin.

Not my favorite hop and spice blend. Not offensive, but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:17:50 | More by hyprlt
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a more than obvious vintage date. Code on the back label appears to read JSV, but I could be wrong. This is my seventh vintage of this yearly winter seasonal from Anchor. A pine tree on this year's label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thin watery caramel with some mahogany brown highlights when held to the light. Under a finger of creamy tan head when given a good swirl in the glass. Some nice lacing.

S - Smell resembles the others, but there is something different about this one also. More pine and spruce this time around. Brown bread, molasses, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, earthy yeast, some buttery diacetyl, & eucalyptus.

T - Taste is of light chocolate malt roast, some cream, herbal spice rack notes, licorice, allspice, pine, apple, cinnamon, cola, and some vanilla. There is actually a lot going on here.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Somewhat thin and watery, but with moderate roast flavors lingering on the palate.

Overall, a unique and interesting vintage of this beer. It definitely exceeded my expectations, and is probably one of the better ones I have tried. I look forward to more.

Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2011 ---4/5.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed alongside Anchor Christmas 2012 and Anchor Christmas 2010 on Black Friday 2013:

2011:
Pours a warm mahogany color with a lush, but short, light tan head. Sat a tip over half an inch and receded to a thin cap with a pronounced ring. One or two strands of lace.

Clove, some pine, a bit of licorice, and brown bread maltiness. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice, as there are notes of apple-y muting and light paperiness. Malts are a little thinner, but the roast is still powerful. Even lightly vinous, which I don't mind.

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A little bit boring in the mouthfeel. The body is light and a little oily. The carbonation is disappointingly low. It could really use a spike of airiness to push this in the right direction. The body suffered, too.

I remember really liking this year when it came out, but at two years old, it's suffering a bit. This one didn't pull out all the stops for me, and the feel is really what makes me shake my head.

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Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.