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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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677 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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sevenarts

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Dark brown, with a slightly ruddy character in the light, and a good sized tan head. Some lacing.

S: Crisp and clean and malty, some vegetal spice notes, maybe some caramel and brown sugar for sweetness.

T/M: Very sweet and creamy and malty. Nice layered flavors with sweet malts up front, spices and leafy, piney notes at the edges, gradually giving way to a roasted character at the end.

O: A very good winter ale, much better than I remember last year's being, with less big spice flavor and more creamy malt texture.

01-17-2013 23:20:23 | More by sevenarts
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Illos

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-28-2012 07:38:09 | More by Illos
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Mtooman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-16-2012 02:41:19 | More by Mtooman
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Ish1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.8%

02-27-2013 21:13:56 | More by Ish1
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mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-31-2012 01:56:14 | More by mmurphy525
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dllman25

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-10-2012 22:22:03 | More by dllman25
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ng85

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-07-2012 20:01:29 | More by ng85
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -28.8%

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

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

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

First Christmas beer of the Holiday season, and I start with this season's rendition of Anchor Christmas. Bottle poured into one of my Bruery tulips.

A: Pours a deep deep dark shade of ruby red. At first glance it's very much "black". Only on closer inspection can you see hints of that ruby-red glistening around the edges. A big thick frothy off-white head sits on top. The pour looks the part.

S: Pine. Licorice. Candied Sugar. Dates. This promises to be a spicy concoction.

T: Dry resiny pine with notes of cinnamon and black cherry cordials. The spices tingle and dance on the tongue. A good deal of malt sweetness, but it arrives in reverse order of what I typically expect. Here, the roasted malts make the presence felt late in the experience.

M: A bit thin for my tastes, but good carbonation and a nice creaminess in the mouth keep it from slipping below a 4.

D/O: An enjoyable seasonal offering. The only thing standing between this beer and holiday greatness was that it was just a little bit too light/thin in the body.

11-24-2012 01:27:54 | More by psuKinger
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BeerNW

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-24-2012 00:46:43 | More by Dyerseve
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BlueFeetAndBeer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-25-2013 22:36:45 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
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DukeX13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-28-2012 04:14:30 | More by DukeX13
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

11-23-2012 03:00:31 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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beerme411

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-07-2013 10:05:13 | More by beerme411
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keenanite21

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-07-2012 08:01:22 | More by keenanite21
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dcook11

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

11-28-2012 05:40:29 | More by dcook11
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Navalartichoke

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-25-2012 12:31:01 | More by Navalartichoke
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EastBay_Nick

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-13-2013 21:24:06 | More by EastBay_Nick
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Presentation: Really awesome bottle with a short fat appearance in the Anchor style. Front label has a very old school festive feel with an classy graphic of a pine tree also giving its scientific name. States 2012, Merry Christmas Happy New Year, a small description of the beer, ABV info. Also has the Anchor logo. Neck label gives an excellent back story of the beer and how they put a different tree on the bottle every year, also has a drawing of the cone for the particular tree on the bottle. Back label gives web info. Cap is beautiful as well.

Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English pint. Pours a cola brown with a 2 finger brown foam head of an airy light density. Head retention was 2min 45sec before fading to a frothy coating and thick ring. Good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of clove and oranges with hints of cinnamon. Scent is fairly sweet with a slight chocolate aroma and herbal notes.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is sweet and herbal with a spicy bite. Hints of vanilla on the start that turns to a roasted flavor and finishes with a herbal tone.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and smooth with a medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This was my first time having this and I thought it was very very good. Very nice nose and flavor that is very inviting. The flavors in this are a bit different than many other winter warmers that I have tried. Classified as a Winter Warmer at 5.5% ABV. Consumed 2-5-13.

02-26-2013 10:18:56 | More by thegodfather1076
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cburns48

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-23-2013 01:42:11 | More by cburns48
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Beerme5

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-11-2013 17:55:33 | More by Beerme5
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BklynTerp

New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.2%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-01-2012 22:41:07 | More by Cluker
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.