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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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BA SCORE
83
good

677 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 677
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 47 | 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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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-26-2014 21:47:17 | More by Latarnik
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KevMo84

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-20-2014 00:49:07 | More by KevMo84
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-15-2014 12:11:46 | More by Jasoncolliver
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-21-2014 06:45:40 | More by afsdan
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-18-2014 00:23:36 | More by SkinniePost
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-03-2014 00:40:00 | More by devilfluff
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Thanx4AllDaFish

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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GOBLIN

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-29-2014 02:27:52 | More by GOBLIN
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%

Review from 1/2013 notes. Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a fine quarter finger of tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet bock malt, light pine, cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor follows, with sweet malt, holiday spicing heavy on cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, thins out out to a lighter, slightly tart and piney character. Lingering flavor of woody pine. Medium bodied with a mild creaminess. This year's version leans more toward piney spicing, but there is a nice background flavor leaning towards gingerbread that balances out the other spicy flavors. Lighter finish than I remember from last year, but as usual, interesting and very winter holiday oriented. A great annual tradition.

03-28-2014 01:58:02 | More by LiquidAmber
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-27-2014 17:24:41 | More by DaveMiller
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-15-2014 19:52:02 | More by imperialking
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EF4

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -17.8%

03-03-2014 22:22:17 | More by EF4
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Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Niners49

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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robgage

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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rudabegga9

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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biokid23

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

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ltltony

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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FLima

Brazil

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Aged for a year.
Dark brown ruby color with a thick caramel head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Delicious aroma with notes of prunes, mint leaves, chocolate and caramel malt, molasses, nutmeg and tangerines.
Flavor of chocolate malt, pepper, dark fruits, earth, lemon, herbal and citrus hops and Port Wine. Hints of smoke, ginger, cinnamon, oregano and licorice. Dry aftertaste with medium bitterness.
Light, though smooth body with low carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Original flavor and aroma, this would be a great Winter Warmer if it had more body and higher alcohol content. Damn! Another annual slavering beer.

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Romania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Romania

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California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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jdb288

New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -12.1%

Draft at Beer Exchange.

Pours muddy brown with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate, burnt hay. Taste is spicy - clove, coriander, grape must. Too spicy for my personal tastes.

The "bouquet" of spices was not my favorite combination and ultimately led to me ditching the bottle altogether. Too much flavor going on for and not enough balance.

01-17-2014 16:09:21 | More by jdb288
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.