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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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 12
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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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Photo of mikehblack
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark reddish brown. Off-white head. Good apparent carbonation

S- Sweet breadiness, cinnamon, clove. A hint of oaky vanilla

T- Tastes much like the aroma. Sweet malt creaminess with nice winter spices to back it up. Leaves a gingerbread taste at the end. Good full mouthfeel.

O- This is a classic winter warmer. Wish I had reviewed past releases to compare and contrast. A wonderful seasonal that should be a staple during anyone's holiday.

Photo of pogoowner
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DocJ87
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of SageO
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of joshrosborne
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of khargro2
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of MichaelBurns
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CaptainHate
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of sevenarts
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark red with a big creamy head that leaves nice lacing behind as it subsides.

S: Cinnamon and spices with a woody, almost root beer-like aroma.

T/M: Cinnamon and spices, pretty sweet up front, gradually giving way to a mildly bitter, woody aftertaste. Nice, very creamy mouthfeel.

O: This is a very tasty winter beer where the spices are prominent but not overpowering.

Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a long lasting tanned head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of sourdough, some pine, grain and spices. Body is medium and crisp. Toasted, nutty, malt, some caramel, cacao and chocolate along with earthy hops and cinnamon fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Nice holiday brew.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured unto an over-sized tulip glass.

Appearance: A dark amber, bubbling right from the first pour. Head rose a tan-white head pretty thick which was about an 1" from the body.

Smell: Light cinnamon and/or nutmeg. Disappears after a sniff that's why I couldn't go higher.

Taste: Pretty good taste, nutmeg, cinnamon but not overly done liike some other winter or fall beers. Presence of hops won't leave your mouth (thank you Anchor brewing) will definitely have to pick another one of these up.

Mouth: Pretty obvious the best property of this beer. Goes down heavy and smooth....textured like a hefeweisen but better.

Overall: Well finished beer. It is hard to judge i feel like the taste's is all over the place with hops, cinnamon and nutmeg. There are other things to consider, how well and almost perfectly carbonated this beer is medium-heavy and just perfect enough to say, "one more!". Cheers!

Photo of jeezie
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ipcolling
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SATBMan
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

ST: 12oz poured into a snifter. Bottle lists ABV but not DBD.

A: Dark black with red tints and a off-white fluffy head. It has nice retention, and leaves nice lacing.

S: Coco, wood, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark sugar, and roasted malt.

T: Cinnamon, roasted malt, woody, nutmeg.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: I buy this beer every year, and I am always happy. This year is very similar to 2010's version; though, I would say this year is a bit woodier. Smooth with good flavor, this Christmas ale is not as heavy alcohol wise as others and can be enjoyed in number.

2011: After a year of aging.

A: Dark brown with a red tinge, thin brown head.

S: Caramel, fig, wood, latte, cinnamon.

T: Light sweet malt hints a bit of caramel and some coffee / hot chocolate, coco, and some bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium

O: Held up well, but no large changes.

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of atr2605
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours very dark amber, almost black with a really nice fluffy tan head with great retention.
S-plums and dates with spice and a bit of a floral character. A bit of a toasted malt starts to come out as it warms
T-follows the profile of the aroma which in this case is really nice. Its a fairly soft flavor but well balanced and very drinkable
M-medium-light bodied
O-Very enjoyable beer. First seasonal brew from anchor and Im impressed, I will continue to check it out each year

Photo of Cluker
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of schoun
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Packman4IL
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.