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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

673 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 12
Gots: 58 | 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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tfsimpkins

Florida

1/5  rDev -74%

02-10-2012 16:46:11 | More by tfsimpkins
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -74%

11-25-2011 01:36:20 | More by Phillyz
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OstentatiousBlue

California

1/5  rDev -74%

07-12-2012 01:44:35 | More by OstentatiousBlue
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Bolivian22

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

08-13-2014 16:36:27 | More by Bolivian22
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JimmyW

Illinois

1.8/5  rDev -53.1%

I'm just confused. This isn't very good at all. I can't even bring myself to take another sip so I may give a proper review. Last year's was terrible. Tasted like a bitters & soda. This one tastes different. Maybe a little nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and I don't know why this tastes so bad. Mouthfeel is fine but I just can't drink anymore.

I just don't get this one.

04-10-2012 12:36:53 | More by JimmyW
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.9%

02-06-2012 01:05:38 | More by DWolf
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Beer21

Florida

2/5  rDev -47.9%

01-02-2012 03:24:14 | More by Beer21
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usofarsenal


2/5  rDev -47.9%

04-07-2012 03:06:29 | More by usofarsenal
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JustinQ

California

2/5  rDev -47.9%

01-31-2012 05:29:27 | More by JustinQ
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.9%

09-25-2012 02:45:06 | More by hollywood_15063
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Hoagie1973

New York

2.23/5  rDev -41.9%

Pours a deep garnet color with a small whitish head that dissipates quickly.

Malt base aroma with a prominent vanilla/spice sweetness.

Tastes more like a Root Beer than a beer. Malt sweetness up front with a dry finish. Not terrible or hard to finish, just not what I think of when I look for a winter warmer (or a beer in general).

Wouldn't even think about a second. Surprising from this brewery.

11-30-2011 18:20:55 | More by Hoagie1973
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nitro0292

New York

2.48/5  rDev -35.4%

This my first Anchor Christmas Ale. Pours a stout-like black with a hummus colored head that stuck around. Mahogany highlights when light penetrates. Plenty of lacing.

Smell is very unique. The nose is met with a unique blend of spices. Almost smells like bubblegum. I cannot pick out individual spices, but it smells like a mixture of nutmeg, mint, all spice, cloves and some noble or English hops. Smell is strong and unique and very "winter," but not overly appealing.

The taste is a mouthful of the spices. Not much else. Very little malt flavor. Too many spices, doesn't taste like beer and is cloying. Not sweet, not bitter. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light. Reminds me of a Guinness.

I may grab 1 or 2 of next year's batch since it will be a different recipe. The 2011 is not very good.

12-24-2011 01:01:04 | More by nitro0292
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ekegren

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-20-2012 20:29:41 | More by ekegren
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MichaelBurns

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

01-11-2012 18:19:49 | More by MichaelBurns
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CopeTech

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-30-2011 02:50:18 | More by CopeTech
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ONN8

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-27-2011 23:15:50 | More by ONN8
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-05-2013 15:40:50 | More by NonicPanic
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spamages

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-19-2011 14:41:57 | More by spamages
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-26-2012 01:35:12 | More by ejimhof
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Brewsed

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

04-18-2012 19:21:04 | More by Brewsed
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clydefromiceland

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

11-25-2011 06:20:44 | More by clydefromiceland
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GFD400

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

09-06-2012 23:37:08 | More by GFD400
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12 oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark ruby, with nice clarity throughout. A two-finger tan head recedes fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

I really hate to say it, but it's quite a Christmas-y aroma. A pretty clear note of resiny pine, complemented by a touch of toffee. There's quite a bit of chocolate in the nose, far more than I remember in last year's version. It's not terribly sweet, in spite of that description.

Prominent chocolate in the taste. That woody, pine element from the aroma is there, but in the palate it unfortunately just seems oddly vegetal and unappetizing. There's a pretty clear cooked vegetable taste coming through. The end result is something approximating dirt, with an oddly chalk-like taste throughout.

This could really use some more carbonation, as it stands this borders on lifeless. One of the harder-to-drink sub-5% ABV beers I've had.

A pretty serious letdown for me, especially given my love of this beer. To be honest, I'm not too excited to have five more bottles in my fridge, though I'm hopeful that this particular bottle was just an aberration and I'll find that good ol' holiday spirit on a subsequent try.

12-06-2011 01:57:21 | More by amphion1065
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janubio

Spain

2.55/5  rDev -33.6%

2011 bottle. Pours dark red-brown clour, with a big off white head that disappears soon leaving some lace.Smell is very faint, some chocolate and spices. Very soft palate taste of chocolate and spices, cardamom or clove, and maybe allspices. Not bad, but I was hoping for something better.

07-29-2013 21:41:45 | More by janubio
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bnes09

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -32.3%

Dark ruby and amber color. Light tan head. Some lace patches.

Spicy, eggnog-like aroma. Burnt wood. Definitely smells like Christmas.

Roasty malt flavor, like wheat toast and coffee. Spicy, citric and floral hop bitterness. Flavor is overwhelmed with spices. Ginger, nutmeg and hints of cinnamon are way too potent and ruin the experience. Completely unbalanced.

Medium bodied. On the drier side. Coarse texture.

Not a fan. Why do so many brewers overdo the spices? Just ruins the whole beer. Spices are other additives need to be subtle for better balance and to let other qualities come through.

01-23-2012 05:59:39 | More by bnes09
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Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.