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Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
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: beertunes on 10-22-2012)
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Mtooman, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

troegaarden, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

CCInCharge, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Dwtucker90, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of GuyIncognito
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer made with a lot of care. It is heavier than the regular Anchor Steam, but not a stout. Subtly spiced, a solid ale. I like that the recipe is different every year, but this is my first year trying it, so I couldn't tell. The egg nog of beer, if egg nog was classy, drinkable, and made with skill.

GuyIncognito, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Jasoncolliver, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

T-Leb, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #256
Served On: 2/20/2013
Glassware: DFH Chalice
Labeled ABV: 5.5%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

This was a 12oz bottle from a sixer from Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick.

Look: The pour rendered a pitch-black color with a thin light-tan head. Lacing started almost immediately. It could have passed for a stout.

Smell: Strong notes of mint and pine made up the aroma. Also a bubblegum quality that seemed almost uncalled for.

Taste: Super smooth mouth feel. The pine notes came through first. Then a roasted note that was completely unexpected. A spicy mint made up the finish. Aftertaste was more roasted notes mixed with pine.

This was a very unique beer; A fine representation of the Christmas season.

CraftBeerTastic, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

hannaho, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite tasty this year. Usually, this leans either toward "gnaw on a Christmas tree trunk" piney resin or gingerbread/holiday spice in character. This year the emphasis is strongly on the gingerbread aspect, with almost no spruce notes. Typical dark pour with a slight ruby cast. Creamy mouthfeel. caramelized cookie notes with ginger and allspice - fading to a slightly sharp sour note at the finish. Some years' editions need a year or so to settle down, but this incarnation is already quite mellow, so good for drinking now but not for putting back.

Brent, Nov 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

WritersBlock, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Niners49, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

henryhampton, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Loadedforbeer, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Bpc24, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year's Our Special Ale gives off a huge spruce nose, along with cinnamon, chocolate, and the requisite spice rack. The taste is - go figure, heavy on spices. I could try to pick out all the individual spice notes, but that'd be an exercise in futility. If you've got a favorite winter spice, it's probably in here, hanging out with the vanilla and roast flavors. Mercifully, the spices don't linger too long, leaving a wholly pleasant roasted malt aftertaste with just a touch of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is spot-on, as Anchor tends to be, and the drinkability is great. Just like every year, Our Special Ale is a solid Winter Warmer. It's way past Christmas, but I'm glad I have this for the cold snap tonight.

shand, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

vhmf1978, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

ScreamForMe, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, vanilla, spices, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of vanilla and minty spices followed by a hearty roasted malt character and background flavors of coffee and chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it seems as though the spiciness has increased gradually each year for the past few years.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

JohnK17, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

LarryMyers, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

carteravebrew, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

ChaseTheAce, Nov 21, 2012
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.