Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Fresh 12oz. 2012 bottle held vertically and dumped straight into 36oz. Cognac Snifter for maximum agitated aeration
A: Smokey quartzite brew with a constant desert-khaki head. Thin with islands of bubbles that just don't go away. Spotty lacing. Literally speckled up the side wall. Brick red tones when backed by direct light.
S: Dried cranberries, raisins, nutmeg baked with honey, charred sugars, and figs.
T: Everything that comes through in the nose is there on the tongue. A surprising, heavy sour cherry comes forward.
M: Light, but rich. Bubbly, but smooth. Hops really make the tongue tingle. It's artfully perfect.
OVERALL: Anchor's "Our Special Ale" has become tradition in my holiday season over the past three years. It's everything a Christmas Ale/Winter Warmer should be and everything a connoisseur of beer should look for. It's the gold standard for late bloomers that just can't get into the season and a good friend on those cold, snowy nights late in December. To me, there is nothing like Anchor's Special.
NOTE: Live review.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2012 18:46:32 | More by RobertColianni
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