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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

678 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 678
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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Chuck_25

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-16-2013 05:15:22 | More by Chuck_25
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-08-2012 15:35:10 | More by ChrisL24481
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tkelley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a large tulip glass.

A -- Pours really dark with a tan head. Way darker than most warmers I've seen. Okay lacing. Thin layer of foam retained well.

N -- Cloves and hops. Also, this beer's smell reminded me of my favorite farm stand... so I guess it smells kind of like potpourri? Sure. It's kind of neat and weird, but after I took a big sip, I got the scent in the back of my nasal cavity. Im not sure that's supposed to happen.

T -- Cloves again, but with a good malt roast backup. Sweet, nut not that sweet. Not too boozy.

M -- Slightly above-average heft. Swished it around a bit in my mouth and it got bubbly and tingly.

O -- Pretty good. Different from a lot of warmers I've had in that it was a little more hop forward and relied a lot on cloves instead of ginger, orange, and nutmeg. At least to me. I liked it and would drink it again gladly.

Cheers!

12-06-2012 01:49:27 | More by tkelley
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robgage

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-07-2014 01:43:28 | More by robgage
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falconxman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-20-2013 19:17:09 | More by falconxman
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DrIPA

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-02-2012 20:32:53 | More by DrIPA
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-01-2013 22:53:03 | More by JamLand
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UncleBuccs

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-19-2013 03:53:05 | More by UncleBuccs
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sneth019

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-26-2013 14:22:11 | More by sneth019
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-21-2013 13:47:42 | More by KevinGordon
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mgernert

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-30-2013 22:52:13 | More by mgernert
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Thanx4AllDaFish

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-02-2014 16:25:01 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-03-2013 20:58:17 | More by jaydoc
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-16-2012 00:43:37 | More by Chugs13
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-28-2012 08:10:07 | More by mendvicdog
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-06-2013 23:46:56 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-23-2013 23:33:27 | More by DrinkSlurm
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nitter

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-16-2012 04:05:23 | More by nitter
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-17-2013 00:21:30 | More by sansho
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-13-2013 17:20:44 | More by bigfnjoe
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KatyC

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-01-2013 23:24:52 | More by KatyC
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-30-2014 16:18:29 | More by pisano
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DouglasChasse

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-21-2012 23:55:56 | More by DouglasChasse
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Erockss

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-11-2013 04:51:41 | More by Erockss
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Vintager 2012

A: Appears black until held to light, when real pretty, dark ruby hues emerge. Just over 2 fingers width of light mocha colored head had good retention before dissipating down to a bubbly film with thick outer ring. Leaves lots of really cool cobweb lacing.

S: Spicy with tons of nutmeg and cinnamon, orange rind, sweetness in the form of brown sugar and molasses. Smells like my grandma's Christmas cookies. Love it.

T: Taste doesn't really follow the nose, unfortunately. Theres a prominent roasty malt flavor thats reminiscent of a porter. I also get some bakers chocolate, citrus zest, a generic spice component and a touch of hop bitterness. There is a somewhat astringent component as well. Big disappointment after the stellar aroma.

M/D: A touch thin, but not terribly so. Carbonation of the heavier side of the spectrum, but plays well with the lighter body. Drinkability is good.

O: Starts off strong, looking good in the glass and having a wonderful aroma, but the taste just isn't there. Certainly worth trying, but no where near one of my favorite Christmas beers.

11-20-2012 00:23:24 | More by zac16125
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.