Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.44/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
St. Patrick's Day, what better day to break out a magnum of this? I guess Christmas Day might be better, but whatever. 50 ounce green bottle. Deep brown, thick meringue-like khaki foam - looks great. When fresh this beer had a pronounced spiciness, but with a few months of age things have mellowed considerably into a beer that basically resembles a decent English-style brown. Sourdough base malt with some chicory, toffee, and graham cracker thrown in. Mild earthy hops, bitterness runs about even with the malt. Spices are all but gone - faint juniper, tobacco, and an astringent tea-like flavor are all that remain. Eh, these Anchor Christmas beers never do much for me and a little age doesn't really improve things. A 12oz bottle is normally plenty for me each year, but when the magnums went on clearance I couldn't pass it up, mostly since the bottle will be awesome for homebrew purposes.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2012 03:25:19 | More by bump8628
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Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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