Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This year's "Special Ale" certainly brings the spice...but the thin mouthfeel leaves me wanting more than what's in the glass.
Appears as a very dark blackish red with a colored, persistent foamy head. Ruby shines through when held to the light in my Belgian goblet.
Smells of piney resin with a date-like aroma. Another sniff reminds me of dark cherries and roasted black malt. I'm guessing that there are juniper berries in this year's boil.
Tastes like dark cherries and resinous hops. This brew is better than last year's recipe... but:
The mouthfeel is thin. There's a lot of spice that could benefit from a heavier body to carry it through on the palate. It's what's missing in this ale.
Overall, a better effort than 2011. Enjoyable but certainly less than great. I'd buy another six if I thought some of my friends would like an introduction to holiday ales.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2012 22:03:36 | More by mttaylor1066
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