Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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4.95/5 rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This is one of my favorites and a real treat every year. This year’s batch is no exception.
The 2012 Our Special Ale pours a deep, intense ruby amber color. Looks amazing—and a surprise from the previous few year’s dark roast color. On the aroma I get some anise, cherry and a black licorice note as well as hints of pine and evergreen. Is it fair to say there’s some juniper tucked away in there? Whatever the case the mix of botanicals plays well on the nose.
The flavor carries more of the same, with everything balanced out by a nice sweetness. There’s hints of rootbeer and licorice root along with the warming spices. I’d consider this to be a sweet red ale with gruit-like spicing. The carbonation keeps this lighter than it at first may seem. Looking forward to seeing this one with some age on it. Utterly delicious, as I expected.
After six months the wintergreen menthol remains. However, the juniper has faded and definitely on the palate the more medicinal notes have come to the fore. A real treat—Christmas in July!
Serving type: on-tap
07-22-2013 07:31:30 | More by elNopalero
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Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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