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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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jeezie

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-09-2012 01:42:17 | More by jeezie
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ipcolling

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2012 23:27:51 | More by ipcolling
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SATBMan

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-08-2012 21:30:31 | More by SATBMan
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:21:44 | More by ianjsullivan
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tpauer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2012 02:27:23 | More by tpauer
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atr2605

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:21:09 | More by atr2605
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Cluker

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-08-2012 01:29:48 | More by Cluker
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schoun

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-07-2012 14:31:31 | More by schoun
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Packman4IL

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-07-2012 05:29:55 | More by Packman4IL
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GarrettB714

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-07-2012 04:22:21 | More by GarrettB714
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Purchased a few weeks ago from my local beer specialist. I had the 2009 brew last year and missed out on the 2010, so time to catch up with the latest one (just as the 12 days of Xmas have ended).

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A dark coppery-red hue with good carbonation. Produces a large head of tan foam with a fine texture and good retention; this lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of rich, fruity malt with notes of cinammon, spice, brown sugar, bananas, dried fruit and yeast esters.

Tastes of sweet, dark malt with a subtle spiciness and a fruity finish. Notes of spice, roasted malt, brown sugar, dried fruit, bananas and yeast. A hint of stewed hops in the background, accompanied by a warming alcoholic note. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with light carbonation. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of fruity malt, spice and stewed hops.

Rather nice - a quality seasonal beer. The smell reminds me of Yorkshire parkin. Quite different from the 2009 bottle that I had last year, which was a hoppy, piny affair. Smooth, rich and well-balanced, with a restrained use of spice. Highly drinkable, and well worth your while.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:04:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
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matt062286

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown, fairly opaque. Thick khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. Maintains a dense, patchy head and shows above average lacing.

S - Pine tree sap, spruce, molasses, currants, prunes, cocoa.

T - Very malt forward with a lingering dry hop bitterness. Some dry woody flavors, apricot, rye bread, pine oil. Some hints of coffee and a smokey flavor in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with minimal carbonation.

O - Was really looking forward to having this beer this year, after loving the past two years' versions. Was a bit let down this year, it is similar to previous years in a few ways but this version is a step back in my book. Still looking forward to next year though

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:59:57 | More by matt062286
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to having one of these this week since I had an off day from work. Sure enough, this was different from other years that I've enjoyed this, and it was a bit thinner and less full than I expected. It's part of what I like about this beer, as opposed to the other holiday seasonals out there, but it was just a bit below what I came to expect when I poured this out and gave it a go.

The pour to this was solid, with a deep crimson hue and fluffy head that didn't fail to disappoint once again this year. Not much of an aroma here but that was about the only setback that this offering had to it. Lots of sourdough and pumpernickel bread to the taste with some fig, caramel, and licorice underneath it all. There was a doughy consistency to this, even if the mouthfeel was lighter in this year's rendition. The aftertaste was that of the dark fruit and alcohol, without much body underneath. This certainly had the taste that I came to expect but the variation is here and for some reason, this is just a bit short of what I remember it being in years past.

The alcohol is nice here and can hardly be felt, even though this is still a Winter Warmer at heart. It would be a good substitute for a Wassail if there was a bit more spice here but for now, it is what it is: A holiday beer worth buying every year, if only to enjoy the subtle differences that come along with a good craft beer. This one was decent but like this winter, a bit of a letdown this time around.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 18:53:23 | More by JerzDevl2000
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StJamesGate

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with ruby red highlights and a tight cappuccino-colored head that lumps, rims and laces. Earthy malts and nutmeg on the nose.
Brown malts, caramel, kola and apple with spice cake (EKG?) hops and maybe some anise.
Candy finish and bitter toffee linger. Light to medium, fizzy, creamy.

Toasty, and thinner than expected. Curious what the spice mix is. Maybe not their best Christmas, but very drinkable at this strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 14:55:13 | More by StJamesGate
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-06-2012 06:28:06 | More by Giantspace
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am hoping that this will improve as it warms up. The 50 oz. bottle gave a couple nice foamy glasses for our first taste. The aroma is very malty and the taste follows to a lesser degree.

There is just enough hops to give it a little bitterness. So far the taste is not getting any better as it warms. Overall, I will avoid this xmas brew in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:04:19 | More by schoolboy
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vitters03

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-05-2012 21:41:19 | More by vitters03
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1OE so October 5th, 2011. Drank on Christmas Eve 2011. From notes:

A: Pours a ruby red color with a big fluffy off-white head

S: Definitely smells like Christmas. Plenty of spices as well as sweet malts. Cinnamon and ginger come to mind first with plenty of other spices in there

T: Same as the smell, the spices are slightly subdued but that is a good thing. Some sweet and bready malts come through in the middle and then it finishes off with a good mix of the malts and spices along with some nuttiness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly thinner than last years

O: Another solid winter warmer from Anchor. You can always count on them to deliver with this beer, no matter how different it is from the previous year

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:47:55 | More by BEERMILER12
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HoppedUp13

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-04-2012 23:18:47 | More by HoppedUp13
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Prime 16. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass that beer is a dark brown, slightly purple color. One finger of tan/brown head on top with nice retention and thin lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of winter spices, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Some raisins, brown sugar, and a little bit of pine.

T: The same spices come through nicely on the flavor profile, but are not as pronounced as they are on the aroma. There is a bit of toasted bread and some caramel as well as a little bit of pine. Hints of dark fruit as well.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, and somewhat creamy.

O: First time having this beer, and it was pretty good. Didn't quite expect the spice level, but it is certainly a fitting holiday beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 20:52:09 | More by mdaschaf
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-04-2012 03:04:18 | More by ohtheguilt
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RickS95

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark spicy brown. Lighter golden notes surround the edges. The head is slow forming, but a finger and a half of light brown bubbles with a sticky lace as it dissipates.

Oh God it smells good. Notes of malt and spice and brown sugar and nutmeg and cinnamon, it's exactly what I'm looking for in a winter beer.

Taste doesn't quite match the smell and appearance, but it's still good. Malty and spicy, but there is an earthy piney taste to it, with a bit of bittersweet chocolate/coffee in the finish.

Lacks the sweetness for balance, instead it's a bit on the spicy and bitter side.

Another classic winter beer from Anchor. I look forward to this each year and this doesn't disappoint. One of the few beers I'll buy a case of at a time.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:57:41 | More by RickS95
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-03-2012 22:46:47 | More by WaydeRafnel
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cowineaux

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-03-2012 20:31:57 | More by cowineaux
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hannaho

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-03-2012 16:53:05 | More by hannaho
Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.