Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) | Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by notchucknorris on 11-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
691
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
82
For Trade:
2
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- Deep brown in color, with a creamed coffee head. A little lacing.

S- Caramel, roasted malts, and spice. Maybe even an evergreen hint, or maybe because I'm looking at the festive bottle.

T- Spices and roast are the players in this. Not much else.

M- Lighter than I was expecting, almost watery. Spicy, bittersweet finish.

O- Really not what I was expecting. Biggest knock is on the consistency of the mouthfeel, but overall I was looking for a little more complexity.

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4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of woodsy berry flavors in this! This is no easy-drinking winter warmer, and I like it that way! Forces you to come to terms with juniper, clove, molasses, pine, roots, twigs, and branches in the flavor! Definitely complex and unique. Would complement an apple pie or something like that.

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4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into duvel glass

look is a deep, dark amber/cola, with a thin layer of froth. smell is powdery cookies, peppermint, gingerbread, pine/spruce. thin feel, lots of gingerbread and molasses, some spices, hops, and a malty finish. also, there was an odd saltiness that popped up at some points.

sweet and sticky, one of the only christmas beers i really enjoy

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours a wonderfully dark amber-malty red hue with a cap of creamy cocoa-colored foam. Seriously, the beer looks amazing.

The aroma has a light medicinal, gruit-like aroma, with some juniper and pine notes standing out.

Flavorwise there’s a bitter intensity which complements the herbaceous mix. Some juniper, pine and a resiny yet drying finish round it out. Love, love, love this beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a deep clear mahogany with a finger of thick creamy tan head. Great retention and a little lacing.

S-rich malt with Christmas spices (ginger, cinnamon, bitter orange)

T- For whatever reason, the taste doesn't quite marry up with the aroma. It's not bad and most of the same elements are present, but it's not quite as flavorful as the aroma would indicate.

M- pleasant and full, with a nice smooth feeling

O-I wish the beer's taste was as great as it's aroma. It's not bad, but the two just don't match up.

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Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 691 ratings.
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