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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

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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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-15-2013 18:15:17 | More by Kjanisch7
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev 0%

Purchased at a “city’super” supermarket in Taipei City, Taiwan; BB 30/10/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a very dark brown to ebony colour, coming with very light carbonation and a creamy light tan frothy head to last.
S: longan-fruit, thick black sugar, jammy or caramelised chestnut, aromatic powdered herbs (nutmeg, licorice, cinnamon, etc.), black prunes, black dates and light fragrance from dried bamboo leaves are all mixed together; very sweet, syrupy even, although the aroma benefits from more fruity acidity as it warms up. Given a very good swirl, the piney hop fragrance emerges briefly but soon gets suppressed by the other fruity-malty elements. Unbalanced overall, and a tad too sweet for me.
T: the lightly effervescent foretaste is interestingly black prune-dominated laced by a tinge of smokiness as of the shells of dried longan-fruit, followed by lightly chewy root-herbs like nutmeg plus licorice, as well as roast malts, not at all sweet as the nose suggests; the herbal bitter-sweetness and bitter nuttiness linger in the finish, where the bitter hops also makes a belated entry.
M&O: semi-smooth on the palate, lightly-carbonated, medium-bodied, flavoursome, aromatic but not at all heavy. If only the aroma was not overwhelmed by the dark malts and syrupy sweetness, the overall enjoyment of this ale could’ve been fuller. Not bad.

07-15-2013 18:01:33 | More by wl0307
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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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Jmick28

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-13-2013 05:04:12 | More by Jmick28
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-08-2013 03:54:20 | More by WOLFGANG
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brett606

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-06-2013 01:27:22 | More by brett606
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smellandsip37

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-04-2013 03:48:33 | More by smellandsip37
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doremite

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.8%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-02-2013 23:58:15 | More by WynnO
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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

07-02-2013 15:22:02 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Tasted w/ Saramisu
Magnum->Watou Chalice
A ~ Brown w/ a cream colored head & light spots of lace.

S ~ Sweet bread..Citrus peel..faintly maple..slightly metallic.

T ~ Candied Orange/Lemon peel, Faint clove-y phenols & a malt backbone very reminiscent of Breckle's SMaSH Brown Ale...Caramelized sugar

M ~ Smoooth feel.

D ~ Even better than when It was first came out at the Holiday season.

07-02-2013 04:49:26 | More by chocosushi
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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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codynevels

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-30-2013 18:28:23 | More by codynevels
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-25-2013 21:45:02 | More by petermethot
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-23-2013 18:45:27 | More by carteravebrew
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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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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-18-2013 02:31:17 | More by troegaarden
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chrishiker1409

New York

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

06-16-2013 01:42:45 | More by chrishiker1409
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gleemonger

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

06-12-2013 17:55:37 | More by gleemonger
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MikefromDormont

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-09-2013 15:10:08 | More by MikefromDormont
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark brown/black with a small brown head with nice lacing. Smells of chocolate and roasted grain. Tastes of some chocolate but with a little bit of hoppy bite, but it is still a bit bland. Beer is carbonated nicely and it is light/medium bodied. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

06-08-2013 17:47:24 | More by cyclonece09
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Super dark brown, with medium bubbles on the body. Tan head roughly 1/3" with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Light nutty smell, like I'm sniffing almonds and pecans with a mix of sweet hops.

Taste: Honestly I can indulge into how smooth this brew is. Bitter with pieces of spice like a small light dose of nutmeg to it plus a hit of pine.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not exactly what I expected as far as how sticky I would like.

Overall: After sitting on the shelf for all these months it's an honor and a pleasure to finally have this. All you need is a glass...Salud!

06-04-2013 01:09:01 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Qstor

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

06-03-2013 15:46:07 | More by Qstor
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.8%

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-30-2013 22:31:54 | More by warnerry
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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