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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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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 50 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

zp6167a, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Ish1, Feb 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Pjev11, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

rheimbro, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jme015, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

hannaho, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of JohnFatAss
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
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

JohnFatAss, Dec 17, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sevenarts, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Illos, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

dllman25, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

mmurphy525, Dec 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ng85, Dec 07, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

psuKinger, Nov 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Dyerseve, Dec 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

BlueFeetAndBeer, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DukeX13, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

keenanite21, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

dcook11, Nov 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.