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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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82
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664 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | 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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HumanParaquat

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

12-25-2012 04:38:15 | More by HumanParaquat
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

01-16-2013 04:45:35 | More by MonicaC
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mallison245

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

01-15-2013 16:49:25 | More by mallison245
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

11-28-2012 05:01:57 | More by doucmehu
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kbrown

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

11-08-2012 00:16:55 | More by kbrown
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

02-27-2013 23:03:29 | More by ryan1788a5
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JLG193

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

11-14-2012 17:11:23 | More by JLG193
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

12-18-2013 13:05:55 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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terence

California

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

12-16-2012 22:15:08 | More by terence
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Boilerfood

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

01-28-2013 15:43:12 | More by Boilerfood
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miodusb

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

12-13-2012 12:26:50 | More by miodusb
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

11-15-2012 19:18:49 | More by skaboom420
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, a shade darker than cola, with a tan cap that fades rather quickly. Many aromas: christmas pudding (dates, figs, raisins, clove, allspice, cinnamon, mace), licorice, black bread, and hints of pine hops. Taste and mouth are surprisingly thin and cardboardy. Dominant flavor is cocoa powder with bits of watery christmas pudding flavors (with mace leading) trying to poke through. Some molasses and pine/citrus skin on subsequent sips. The mouth is somewhat drying and a bit flat - not much carbonation. Interesting aromas and flavors but the mouth takes away the enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:48:25 | More by atomicbeer
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BumpinFuzzys


2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Let me preface this review by saying that I think Anchor is one of the great breweries of the World. Steam Beer is my go-to beer of choice.

That being said, I think that for 38 years Fritz and company have been putting one over on us. That is, beer snobs have waxed poetically about a product that would be better suited for cleaning hubcaps (I'm speaking of the old school chrome variety)

Since the 70's, I've made my annual Monday-After-Thanksgiving pilgrimage to the brewery to purchase my 24 bottle case of this stuff. My beer-drinking friends and I were always convinced that the brewers threw every last bit of malt and hops they had in their warehouse into the kettle and topped it off with some spices. Quite the joke!

Now, Anchor has new owners. They seem to look at the bottom line a little differently. While the color and aroma are still there, the alcohol content and the aftertaste are less pronounced because of, I suspect, a reduction in ingredients.

Anchor Christmas Ale has always been a rite of passage. I've tried to pass this rite onto my sons. It was never about enjoyment.If you want enjoyment, hunt down some Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. It was more about persevering. Starting that case and finishing it.

So for that "Life's Lesson" , Anchor, I give you a 4.0

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 19:13:25 | More by BumpinFuzzys
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bark

Sweden

2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is deep warm brown, the liquid is clear. The pale brown three finger head is compact, it sinks slowly leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is spicy with some clean bitter notes and a powerful sweetness. Cloves. Ginger? Paradise grains? Nutmeg? Lemon peels? Some roasted malts and quite a lot of toffee. Liquid Christmas...

The taste is quite dry and very spicy, not in a harsh way although they got some fat phenolic notes. Some toffee and caramel. The body is light, it doesn’t really measure up with the spices. The aftertaste is dry, almost astringent with Christmas spices, some butterscotch and a touch of alcohol. The finish is astringent, phenolic and not very pleasant.

The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-sized bubbles fresh. The liquid is quite dry.

Too much spices and an overall harsh feel makes this beer very unbalanced. One of the less impressive vintages of Our Special Ale I have had.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 20:29:18 | More by bark
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-25-2012 18:48:41 | More by DWolf
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doremite

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-03-2013 20:49:40 | More by doremite
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aztraz

Sweden

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-20-2012 20:16:26 | More by aztraz
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Jaycase

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a:dark, dark brown. frothy 2 1/2 finger mocha colored head

s: spices galore (nutmeg, cinnamon, others). caramel & roasted malts

t: starts off with astringent malts and then turns into some peppery spiciness.

m: medium body, slight carbonation. slightly oily.

o: very disappointing. I drank an '11 the other day and while the spices have muted some, the body was so much fuller. The '12 is incredibly thin and the astringency coupled with the thinness is off putting. The spiced aroma is the only saving grace. I cannot recommend the '12 version and am very hesitant about next year's. Will have to taste the '13 first before committing to a sixer. Great Lakes Christmas Ale blows the '12 away imo.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:51:53 | More by Jaycase
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crownrl28

Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-04-2012 06:14:25 | More by crownrl28
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-05-2012 02:50:45 | More by bigbeers84
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campfirebrew

New York

3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-28-2012 21:36:56 | More by campfirebrew
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mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-31-2012 01:56:14 | More by mmurphy525
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-03-2013 02:44:09 | More by maxwelldeux
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-12-2013 20:24:49 | More by mpalestino
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.