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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

696 Ratings
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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 61 | 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: Daniellobo on 10-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 696 | Reviews: 286
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a bulbed pint glass. Liquid comes out sort of a muddy Amber color to light brown. When held up to the light you can see Amber highlights and that it's slightly hazy. Brown eggshell colored head with mostly small bubbles. Ok lacking.

Smell is pretty good. Dark malts are present, it has a nice dark bready/cakey essence to it. Hints of licorice, clove, molasses, prunes, and dates.

Tastes pretty good, certainly has a Christmas like vibe to it in tbe flavors. Again there's a good dark grain bill. Hints of earthy clove, molasses, licorice and a bit of spicy fruit cake flavors. Pretty good, I've had it fresh too and I think it's held up pretty well.

A head medium feel with a flavor that lingers for about a second. Good carbonation level. Sweet and better at the same time with acidic finish similar to a red wine. Good beer, I'd probably only drink it winter time but it's still good. I've liked all the Christmas ales so far and don't regret any of them. They certainly serve their purpose.

Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothmanscott
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The recipe for this fine brew changes annually so I will give it a 3 due to year to year variability.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Yeroc
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kraty1
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of zookerman182
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Spicy nose with a little fruit cake.
Pours brilliant deep chestnut under a 1" tan head, clingy lace.
A very malty, spicy ad dried fruit palate with some astringency and dryness from the spice that lingers through the finish.
Medium body to a little above, medium carbonation.

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3.84/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.