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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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669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 44 | 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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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-23-2013 13:11:00 | More by touchmeimsac
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-23-2013 01:10:01 | More by mikeincharleston
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Lucoli

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-21-2013 01:22:33 | More by Lucoli
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-20-2013 05:01:22 | More by Kmat10
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-20-2013 01:46:18 | More by buckyp
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-11-2013 10:51:28 | More by Mullinger1980
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours the darkest, warmest amber I've ever seen. The compact thick head is beige and I could put a quarter dollar on it and it wouldm't sink - it looks fantastic. Slow dissipation leaves decent lacings.

S: Roasted sweet malt, very bready. This is very X-masy; cinnamon, cardamum, nutmeg some chocolate, some dark dried fruits as well as rich raspberries.

T: Nice; sour cherries up front along with loads of spices; cardamum and cinnamon. Licorice, chocolate and dark dried fruits along side with rich raspberries. Surprisingly enough, not that sweet.

M: Atftertaste is long and sour as well as bitter. Body is medium while carbonation is low, rather smooth though.

O: Nice Christmasy Winter Warmer; with lots of spices of the season along with nice maltyness.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 18:00:44 | More by Evil_Pidde
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-10-2013 14:27:01 | More by twenty5
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-10-2013 12:54:13 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-09-2013 00:17:42 | More by ADTaber
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dalepryor

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-07-2013 21:25:55 | More by dalepryor
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beerme411

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, a shade darker than cola, with a tan cap that fades rather quickly. Many aromas: christmas pudding (dates, figs, raisins, clove, allspice, cinnamon, mace), licorice, black bread, and hints of pine hops. Taste and mouth are surprisingly thin and cardboardy. Dominant flavor is cocoa powder with bits of watery christmas pudding flavors (with mace leading) trying to poke through. Some molasses and pine/citrus skin on subsequent sips. The mouth is somewhat drying and a bit flat - not much carbonation. Interesting aromas and flavors but the mouth takes away the enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:48:25 | More by atomicbeer
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cbsoftware

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-02-2013 15:12:41 | More by cbsoftware
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mcewesr

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.1%

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

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.6%

04-14-2013 14:36:53 | More by hopley
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Deep red if held up to the light. It has a strong head on the pour that diminishes quite rapidly.

S: Sweet, malty roast with a cherry rye.

T: Kind of like an old ale that seems like a cheap, old stale wine.

M: Crisply smooth with a few bubbles.

O: Not a fan. I couldn't finish it, but it might just not be my style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 13:51:45 | More by gillagorilla
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korene84

California

2/5  rDev -45.1%

04-04-2013 18:25:24 | More by korene84
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Razorback09

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-29-2013 21:00:25 | More by Razorback09
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Vigilante

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-29-2013 05:24:51 | More by Vigilante
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dheacck11

Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red muddy brown with dense mocha head, 1/2 finger, fading quickly.

Nose is pungent. Lots of bready, earthy, dense dark fruit. Sour cherry.

Taste is equally powerful. Lots of dark fruit: raisin, plum, cherry. Some subtle hint of spice at the end, but minimal. Mild roasty malt with some earthy components.

Feel is big and thick and full, but a little too sharp in the finish. Leaves a lingering acidity in your mouth.

A really unique beer. Happy I tried it, but will not get again. Just feels like the flavors are way to overdone and don't really marry into a balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 22:18:14 | More by dheacck11
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Our Special Ale 2012 opens to a spicy, fruity, sweet nose that is instantly reminiscent of fruitcake and mulled wine. Nutmeg, clove, allspice, candied ginger, and pepper are immediately noticeable, as well as slight hints of coriander. The fruits are, on the one hand, dark and complex, with dates, green maraschino cherries, and figs, and on the other, bring nice orange peel, lemon zest, and pink grapefruit overtones. All of these rest atop thick brown breads, vanilla, molasses, wildflower honey, and a lovely Christmas layer of fresh pine needles. Add to this a slightly alcoholic touch, as of mulled wine or white port, and the result is a tantalizing aroma that would make for a world-class candle scent, and in a beer, is exactly the sort of aroma one would want while opening presents. The aromas do seem to be somewhat lighter than those in previous years’ editions, but here that’s a good thing, since at least one of the previous bottles smelled so strongly of pine needles as to be overwhelming.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a spicy kick, the cloves, nutmeg, candied ginger, allspice, and pepper instantly blasting away at the tastebuds, joined by molasses and thick brown breads, as well as deeply roasted pecans and pine needles. The fruits come in a somewhat distant second, the green maraschino cherries and dates primarily, with touches of raisin next, and the orange and lemon zest second. The effect is less fruitcake here than spicecake, and the spices do unfortunately rather overwhelm everything else, and are even more potent in subsequent mouthfuls. The aftertaste is similarly dominated by spice, with remnants of brown breads, molasses, and lemon zest, and lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue and burning the soft tissues.

Overall, this is good Christmas beer, it’s just unfortunate that the spices were so dominant, as they detracted from what was a very nice fruit and dark bread belly. The beer is by no means unpalatable, but it is strongly spiced enough that it would be difficult to drink too many in a row.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 20:05:00 | More by jondeelee
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alelover

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-26-2013 04:08:03 | More by alelover
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brheuer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-24-2013 21:15:02 | More by brheuer
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Duchesse

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-23-2013 07:03:06 | More by Duchesse
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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