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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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680 Ratings
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Ratings: 680
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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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

chrishiker1409, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

gleemonger, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

MikefromDormont, Jun 09, 2013
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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.

cyclonece09, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
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!

BlurryVisi0n, Jun 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Qstor, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

warnerry, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

DMc8ride, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Kingcurio, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

touchmeimsac, May 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

mikeincharleston, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Lucoli, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

buckyp, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Mullinger1980, May 11, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

Evil_Pidde, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ADTaber, May 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

beerme411, May 07, 2013
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2.93/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

atomicbeer, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

cbsoftware, May 02, 2013
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.