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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

681 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 681
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

supermodified, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown with strong garnet highlights and a solid half inch toffee head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Ginger, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg dominate the initial aroma, giving a cola impression. Smells fairly sweet.

Cola follows in the flavor, with ginger, clove, and cinnamon accompanying caramel malt, leading to a slightly roasted, almost acrid, bitter finish. Dark fruits and pine emerge as it warms.

Body is a touch syrupy, with carbonation on the high side of moderate.

Definitely a spicy winter warmer. The finish cleanses the palate nicely, but the initial flavor is overwhelmingly spicy. It's just not my favorite style.

barczar, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

splendidsplinter, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Our Special Ale - 2012
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date - 2SY
Served in a Smuttynose Big Beer tulip glass

Anchor Our Special Ale is one of the most anticipated winter craft beers for me. I picked up a 6 pack last night, stored a couple for a later date and decided to review one this evening.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with excellent highlights. A fluffy, khaki colored head forms, leaving trails of sticky lacings that decorate the glassware.

The nose is inviting with whiffs of roasted malts, ginger, nutmeg and various spices.

A creamy and chewy malt backbone with distinct flavors of milk chocolate, cinnamon cookies, allspice and fresh pine. A remarkably smooth and complex winter warmer that captures all of the flavors of the season.

This seasonal should never be underestimated, a true legend in the ever growing market of seasonal beers.

Cheers!

Hibernator, Dec 14, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An old friend, alright, a really old friend....12 ounce bottle

Pours dark brown, dark tan head, leaves decent strips and blobs of lacing.

I get some Christmas cookie notes on the nose, and some bread.

More bready malts with some muted spicing. Not much of a finish and kind of light on the interest and intrigue. Decent winter brew, but really nothing special and kind off a disappointment this year

Billolick, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

tapbit, Dec 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

miodusb, Dec 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

kkmiller76, Dec 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

AlexM, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark mahogany red body crowned with a thick, creamy, sticky head; lots of lacing. Rye, cinnamon, molasses, pine, and brown sugar and spices in the nose. Taste is very similar to the aroma with the addition of some ginger. Medium-bodied and smooth.

A very tasty, well-done winter ale. Lots of sensory delights in this one. Nicely balanced with fine complexity.

beergoot, Dec 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

jk3, Dec 12, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

hollywood_15063, Dec 12, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

come on BA people! this beer is so much better than an 84 overall. way better than last year i think, this pours a rich bred/brown with a small but easily excitable tan head. the nose is very complex, alcohol (5.5% ? no way!), brown sugar, spruce tips, caramel and amber malts, some smoke. is this an old ale? is it a belgian dubbel? i taste the candy sugar first, and some bright yeast. hard to classify this really, as there is an english and distinctly american malt vibe. the smoke is light, but reminds me of the ithaca cold front i had recently. so much going on here. more brown sugar and pine and plum notes as it warms. the feel is also right on, a little fuller in body than i remember last years being, and carbonated delicately, which is just about right. i could do a 6er of this no worries at all. also probably the best anchor beer going, dont know if these ratings will vindicate that or not, but im really enjoying this tonight. just loaded with class, this baby is elegant and proper, while being bold and daring at the same time. thats hard to get in a beer if you think about it, especially one you want to drink until your saturation point. this is phenominal, and i think its grossly underrated on here. this is the winter beer for people who dont normally like winter beers. minimal sweet, almost no spice, maybe just a slight hint of clove, or maybe its just rye malt at the end. really hard to tell. check it out before i buy it all up!

StonedTrippin, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

paulleft, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

marct, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

oriolesfan4, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

dllman25, Dec 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

agreenman19, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with ruby highlights, and a sturdy, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Spruce, chocolate notes
Taste-Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg,spruce tips, pine needles, chocolate, earthy hop notes. Big character and complexity in an arguably sessionable brew clocking in at a "mere' 5.5ABV. Finishes dry, and upon warming a bit, rather choclatey. A bit of a step down from previous years but still one of my Christmas-time favorites, equally at home with a holiday meal or a plate of cookies.

hosehead83, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

PSU79, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

sendbeer, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

sbanacho, Dec 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

EvilAsh, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into block 15 snifter.

A: Pours a very deep maroon with a couple fingers of light brown head. Head slowly faded into a faint color leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S: Spruce tips, cinnamon and ginger come to mind with hints of clove, nutmeg, faint citrus, caramel, and dark fruits.
T: Follows the nose with pine, spruce, clove, caramel, ginger, cardamom, cocoa, orange zest, and brown sugar. I get hints of mint and allspice in the finish and ginger and spruce in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body, sweet but not cloying, soft and fluffy carbonation. Mouthfeel is sweet, definitely a dessert type beer.
O: Will likely age as well as the others. Flavors are bright and sweet. A little time some of the sweetness should die down. Drinks very good as is though. Cheers.

scottfrie, Dec 10, 2012
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.