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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)
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3.66/5
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694 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by notchucknorris on 11-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
694
pDev:
12.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 694 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep murky amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a medley of spices, including spruce, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg with a light earthy caramel.

The taste mimicked the aroma with a residual herbal hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a pretty good Christmas ale.

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Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Okay, this looks like the Our Special Ale of old, but that's about it. I've always looked forward to this beer coming out, and in most years will drink a case or so of it with my family around the holidays. Every year was different- some years you'd get sharp, sappy spruce (my favorites were those with heavy pine notes), some years you'd get nutmeg and , some years you'd get birch or wintergreen notes, some years were more mellow, others more intense. For the last few years I've felt this beer was going downhill, and this year takes the cake. The brown ale base is there- and that's about it. No pine at all, very light spicing, and a watery finish. Tastes like a weak and not very flavorful brown- noting very special or holiday about it all. Bah Humbug! Bring the real stuff back!

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Photo of dar482
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma has tons of spice of lots of ginger and orange peel. Lots of spiciness. Toasty malt, a bit of caramel sweetness, lots of cedar woody notes.

The flavor follows with the spice again. Ginger, nutmeg, dried orange peel. The sweetness of brown sugar, a bit of caramel, along with wood. The wood is almost cedar or aromatic wood instead of a stiff aggressive wood bitterness.

A decently balanced beer. Good for those who love spiced ales.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 801. Sampled on December 22, 2013.

I love how it looks with its dark mahogany brown pour and cream colored head even though the head fades quickly.

The aroma is very nice with dark malts, molasses, fig, egg nog (really), and a thin earthy hoppiness.

The body is about medium but also rather acidic, which is a slight letdown.

The taste has a nice boldness to it with sweet and dark caramel malts along with nutmeg and molasses. Mild bitterness but enough to give this one a little character. I am quite surprised that this is the first year I have reviewed this one.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep black pour with a one finger brown head. Spicy initial taste with a hint of roasted bitterness. Creamy body has a bit of nut, gingerbread and dark cherry.

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Photo of wrightst
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of sweemzander
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 waddellc2
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 30/11/13

A dark brown with a deep maroon glow when held to the light, two fingers of dark tan foam hangs around for a few sips leaving a few partial rings on the way down

S anise, root beer, cola, herbal and leafy notes, dark toffee, faint coco, spruce, a pile of freshly chopped fire wood, fruit cake and winter spices I can't quite place

T more spice and some brown sugar and molasses I didn't smell, everything's still there in one form or another but the nose just has a little something over the flavor

M medium bodied, slightly foamy but manageable, spicy, herbal finish

O great nose, complex all-around, I could smash a 6er no problem and I just might right now

Another great Christmas ale from Anchor, I look forward to this one every year and I grab a magnum to age but I always seem to drink it before next years release

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 version, Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear deep brown/orange color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose and flavor is burnt cinnamon, dry woody finish. $2.50 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 694 ratings
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