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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

696 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 54 | 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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Photo of wl0307
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

wl0307, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Jmick28
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Jmick28, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +9.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of brett606
3/5  rDev -17.8%

brett606, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of smellandsip37
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

smellandsip37, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -17.8%

doremite, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

WynnO, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Achoo_Bacca
1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of chocosushi
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

chocosushi, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

codynevels, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

carteravebrew, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

UncleBuccs, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

troegaarden, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of chrishiker1409
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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

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

MikefromDormont, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of cyclonece09
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.