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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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669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 44 | 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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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72.5%

12-31-2012 23:23:46 | More by Travcofarms
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1424IpA

California

1/5  rDev -72.5%

01-02-2013 08:55:23 | More by 1424IpA
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72.5%

01-14-2013 02:59:08 | More by tmars13
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Alex5

South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

12-10-2013 21:47:08 | More by Alex5
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robertaddis

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

11-10-2012 03:30:33 | More by robertaddis
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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

07-02-2013 15:22:02 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

12-12-2012 22:34:32 | More by hollywood_15063
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TCJosh

Michigan

2/5  rDev -45.1%

12-21-2012 00:19:55 | More by TCJosh
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jk3

New York

2/5  rDev -45.1%

12-12-2012 23:18:58 | More by jk3
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mcewesr

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.1%

04-30-2013 18:00:13 | More by mcewesr
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korene84

California

2/5  rDev -45.1%

04-04-2013 18:25:24 | More by korene84
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Rau71

California

2/5  rDev -45.1%

01-20-2013 18:26:53 | More by Rau71
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BeerNW

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

11-05-2012 04:24:20 | More by BeerNW
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carnoustie7

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

11-25-2012 18:47:14 | More by carnoustie7
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

12-04-2013 05:49:33 | More by RochefortChris
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denver10

Kentucky

2.49/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours brown with an amber hue to it, a dirty white head. Aroma is spicy and bready maybe a touch of some spruce there, but not much. Flavor started off with a wall of spices, it transitioned into a sweet, dark bread middle, and then closed with some of the spruce tips offering some slight bitterness in the finish. A medium body. Overall, not a fan of this one. The spices hit way too hard and I just couldn’t get beyond them even when the flavor transitioned elsewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 16:48:32 | More by denver10
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

01-01-2013 22:21:28 | More by foxyaardvark27
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vfgccp

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

09-26-2013 22:41:18 | More by vfgccp
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afrothunder

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

02-21-2013 05:57:03 | More by afrothunder
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really enjoyed this last year, but something does not seem right with this year's edition.

I love the bottle and label Anchor uses for this beer.
And it sure looks nice when poured in a glass.

After that, the experience is bit of a let down.

Christmas spices are what dominate the smell. I am guessing cinnamon and nutmeg. I am not very good at identifying the spices used, but the spice presence is strong in the smell.

The taste is malty and of dark fruit like raisins. And like the smell, spices are strongly present but hard to identify. I would say Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and maybe vanilla?

It is not terrible. It is actually an interesting beer to drink, I will give it that much.
All the different spices they throw in just don't work well together. Or maybe it is a little over spiced.
Overall, it is bit of a let down

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:38:45 | More by JohnFatAss
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palma

New York

2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not very good this year. Taste is pine, citrus, twigs, roots and dirt. A poor job trying to make this beer "earthy" in any way. Pricky soapy hops. Juniper flavor only worsens it. Thin. Astringent throughout and gets even more astringent at the end. Some malt complexity saves this beer. If you could look past the astringency, its drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 17:43:48 | More by palma
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I always enjoy drinking this new beer every year. Each year is different but they are all generally pretty similar. This is my 10th year in this series, so it is somewhat special to me. This one pours beautifully! Chocolate amber in color with a very nice, frothy, rather robust off white colored head. Nice lacing and even better retention.

The aromas was a bit lackluster. There are some seasonal spices but overall, there isnt really anything great. Plus, it smells like things are off just a bit. Kind of metallic, cloves, allspice, caramel and toasted bread.

Not a big fan of the flavor on this one. Quite bitter and astringent. Mouthfeel is a little thin and it finishes dry. I dont remember any of the others tasting this bad. Chalky with raw nutmeg, cinnamon bark, burnt grains. Kind of yeasty too. Its almost like they used cheaper ingredients or something. Something is definitely off and different. This one has to be the least attractive version of this beer I have had. I always cellar these as well, so hopefully it will improve; it cant get much worse.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 19:12:21 | More by SaCkErZ9
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BklynTerp

New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

01-27-2013 18:13:28 | More by BklynTerp
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mzeld

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

12-29-2012 20:08:40 | More by mzeld
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JDeming

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

06-30-2014 01:56:14 | More by JDeming
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Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.