Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company
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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
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
Tasted w/ Saramisu
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
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
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
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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