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

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

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 693 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of danolson312
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of delta490
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of wolf_switzer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Spattastic
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep mahogany with a small cream colored head

S - Sweet and gingerbready, molasses/brown sugar, and nutmeg (gets stronger as the beer warms), slight cedar wood.

T - Fairly generic Christmas-style beer flavors: lots of baking spices, slight molasses sweetness, and pine trees. The finish is where this beer suffers the most being overly-spiced, and bitter. I don't think the favors are in balance here - too much spice, too little sweetness, and a bitterness (maybe resulting from the onslaught of baking spice) that seems lost.

M - Good carbonation, smooth

O - Not my favorite Christmas beer but certainly not undrinkable. I think some extra sweetness would help to balance the abundance of baking space flavors. I've never tried this before and would be interested to compare to previous/future versions.

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Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of djgustafson
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Pug
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TwoTrees
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Damian74
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of wedge
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown mahogany color with plentiful tan creaminess on top. Smells of mellow spiced fruit, toffee, molasses, pine resin, and gingerbread. Dry, spiced, somewhat gingerbread-y flavor. A little tart fruit, spruce, bitter chocolate, orange peel, and faint maple. Medium body, creamy texture, with a slickness that sticks to the tongue. Always fun to see what the next year's OSA will bring. Definitely better as it warms up.

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Photo of sommersb
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 12-08-2013
Freshness: Bottled 10-18-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Dark brown beer, nearly black, with red highlights. Head is nicely sized, with very good retention and a fine lace.

S: Aromas have sweet caramel, plus fennel, pine and rosemary. Hops have woody and earthy hop notes.

T: Taste is spicy and earthy, with bitterness of pine and also roasted malts.

M: Body is medium, with lots of carbonation and a finish that is woody and piney for an earthy bitter aftertaste.

O: The high levels of woody, earthy and pine favors make for a unique brew. It feels kind of like you're drinking a tree. I liked the beer but wouldn't want to drink it all the time due to the novelty.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown with a 1 finger head of tannish foam that doesn't leave a lot of lacing behind. The brew itself looks very nice. The foam is rather short lasting.

The smell is nice, notes of a gingerbread man come to mind. Nice amount of cinnamon and nutmeg make the small very holiday like.

The taste gives what the smell promises. Gingerbread with the right spices, malt forward overall with very little bitterness, if any.

What I have here is a very nice Winter Warmer. I'll get to try it on draught at the local Old Chicago but the bottles are satisfying. A + is the good lowish abv so I can enjoy a few without getting blasted. I like.

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Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa last night because this is one of the few beers that I buy every year and can't wait to pour out and enjoy. This was a bit off this year but given that this has annual variations to it and that its relatively consistent, this was still enjoyable. The mouthfeel was a bit lighter than I remember and some of the dark fruit wasn't here but besides that, this was just as enjoyable as ever, and a great example of what a Winter Warmer should be!

Nice dark hue to this as I emptied the bottle out, with just a hint of light seeping through around the edges. The head was moderate and not as good as the lacing, which did its best to stick to the sides of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. Not a terribly strong aroma either, as faint traces of spice and dark chocolate could be detected. Lots of earthiness to the taste, along with the faint reminder of a Wassail and a bit of pine. The aftertaste was where the currant came out, but it wasn't that strong and slowly faded away. A trace of Anchor's hops could be detected as well, which was where the bitterness was in this beer.

Alcohol? It's in here somewhere but you wouldn't know it through the taste. A hint of fermented fruit was the only hint that were was any booze in this beer. Even though the mouthfeel wasn't as full as it was in past years, this has just right amount of consistency and variation from year-to-year to make it a must-buy come holiday time. There's just enough pine cone and nutmeg to give this some spice and not a lot of carbonation to overpower everything. Christmas just wouldn't be the same without this beer!

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3/5  rDev -18%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 57.1% out of 100 with 693 ratings
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