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:
693
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
82
For Trade:
2
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: The usual anchor yeast along with a good bit of spices and maltiness. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger stand out for the spices. Complex as always

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spices and maltiness, along with a solid chocolate malt presence. Some roastiness presents itself as well. The cinnamon and nutmeg compliment the roast very nicely. Finishes with a lingering roastiness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This seems a lot like the 2011 version in terms of spicing, with chocolate and roasted malts thrown in the mix. Very drinkable and a solid holiday brew. There's no reason not to pick some up, simply because of the fact that these brews are known to age very well and they are always very Christmas-y

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Always’s Rons, this burgundy liquid smells of straight butterscotch in the middle with bready malts wrapping each side. Taste is interesting. A sweet bready malt character with the butterscotch sweetness I smelled in the nose, but a faint hint of pine, not quite hops, but Christmas tree pine-esque. Caramel and toffee along with some dark dried fruits (prune and fig) follow the spruce flavor. Mouth feel fell short, feeling a little thin. I big bold thick mouth feel could have really carried these flavors.

Overall though, a solid winter warmer.

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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in 20oz tulip. Dark brown, some light passes at the edges. Fluffy tan head, great lacing, moderate retention.

Fantastic aroma, nutmeg, cinnamon, and two other spices I can't identify.

Taste is excellent, mirroring aroma and adding caramel sweetness, a bit of roasted malt, and ending in a pleasantly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is just a little bit off.... slimy/sticky quality, but otherwise light on the palate, smooth, with good body and carbonation.

A very Christmas-ey and moderately dark winter warmer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Dark brown copper, little light slips through. A burnt white foamy head.

Smell-
Spicy, sweet malt, and a sour hop. Smells like a festive addition to this Anchor Special Ale tradition.

Taste-
Tastes like a pumpkin ale... tastes essentially like a pumpkin ale with a lagery finish.

Mouthfeel-
Very thin bubbles, but gives a good flavor coating to savor.

Overall-
Always fun and interesting to try the first bottle, so taste the mystery and enjoy the tradition.

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Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 693 ratings.
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