Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by tonyf55:
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2011 Christmas ale into a tulip - my last bottle from a six pack I bought in December... I guess Christmas is officially over...
Visual (4): Dark black beer with a dark ruby clarity when held to the light. Malty-tan coloured head of small, tight bubbles that falls from a 2 finger head to a single finger. Head settles decently quickly, but lasts long enough to look smart.
Aroma (4.5): Dark roasted malts with dark fruits, and a finishing Christmas spice character (maybe from the hops?). Its a bouquet of bready, plum scents that settles into woody spice notes. Hard to pin-point but very good.
Taste (3.5): Not one that lacks complexity, that's for sure, but strikes an odd balance in flavour. Light malted grain flavour throughout, but really announces its presence at the end of the taste with a nutmeg spice that rolls into a burnt vanilla aftertaste. It's an odd flavour that despite its creative complexity is hard to embrace as well formed.
Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium body with light carbonation. An oily texture leaves a nice film on the pallet that leaves the complex flavours lingering. Extremely fitting of the beers style and flavours.
Overall (4): A very well crafted beer; I felt like I was drinking the creative creation of an artist, as I might not understand it off the first glance but I grew to appreciate its complexity the longer and longer I spent with it. Unlike an art piece though, when its gone... its gone. Until next Christmas...
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2012 16:18:38 | More by tonyf55
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3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 03:30:54 | More by mfnmbvp
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
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:
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.
Less sweet than the '12 and its own aroma, for that matter. Soft and creamy malts with clove, nutmeg, and allspice leading the spice front. Faintly spicy with some earthy wintergreen and steeped cereal notes offering some added roast bitterness. Slightly minty, too.
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2013 23:31:02 | More by thecheapies
Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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