Our Special Ale 2005 (Anchor Christmas Ale) | Anchor Brewing Company

Our Special Ale 2005 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2005 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
BA SCORE
70.4%
Liked This Beer
3.85 w/ 277 Ratings
Our Special Ale 2005 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2005 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 11-04-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
277
Liked:
195
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
12.47%
Alströms:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark amber brown in color, with a massive, dense, and persistent tan head, and thick, utterly glass-coating lacing.

Aroma: Deep notes of coffee, figs, dark roasted malts, bitter cocoa, dark plums, raisins, vanilla, wood, and somehow spicy alcohol.

Taste: Begins with a wave of dark malt, soon followed by wood and vanilla. As the taste progresses, warming spicy alcohol presents. Later in the taste, bitter cocoa, and dark fruits present. Christmas spices, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla are present also. Late in the taste, tea-like hop notes appear. Finishes with a long, mild herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A venerable example, which has more than withstood the test of time. Might we all, in old age, be infused with fire and grace.

Presentation: Packaged in the ubiquitous Anchor twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown (as Anchor did for a brief time), served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a more than obvious vintage date, and a code on the label 5OU. I'm cracking open a little piece of history here today, in the spirit of the Christmas season. Anchor Brewing Co.'s Christmas ale, vintage 2005. This bottle is eight years old this year, making this the oldest beer I've ever drank. I have no idea what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick viscous ruddy caramel color; nearly opaque in the glass with some caramel coloring around the edges when held to the light. Conjures about a quarter finger of light brown foam. Forms a ring of bubbles around the glass. Produces a nice thick finger of mocha foam when given a good swirl. Looks excellent.

S - Smell is of sweet caramel malt, earthy tea leaves, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits - raisins, black cherries, currants, figs, hint of faded herbal spice, vanilla, and some woody earth character.

T - Taste follows the nose: smooth creamy caramel, toffee, notes of chocolate / cocoa, earthy tea leaves, wood, twigs, some vanilla, some vinous grape / cherry / berry notes, and some raisin / fig presence.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, but still retains a bit of crisp carbonation to it, even after all this time. Light-bodied, and slightly watery. Some dark chocolatey roast notes lingering on the palate.

Overall, I'd say this was an excellent winter warmer that has thoroughly stood the test of time well. Definitely excites me to try out the other vintages to see what they hold. Definitely worth seeking out.

Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale 2005 ---4/5.

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Our Special Ale 2005 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.4% out of 100 with 277 ratings
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