Our Special Ale 2017 (Anchor Christmas Ale) | Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2017 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2017 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
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Our Special Ale 2017 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2017 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the forty-third annual "Our Special Ale" from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ale's recipe is different every year, as the tree on the label, but with the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with it's seasons, appears born anew. Our tree for 2017 is the Santa Lucia fir. Extremely rare, it is native and limited to California's Santa Lucia Range.

Added by Silke_Neryn on 11-03-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
238
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
53
Trade:
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Photo of HoodviewBrew
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer poured dark brown with a 1-inch head that lingered for several minutes. Well carbonated. Nose smells of nutmeg and clove. Taste is similar to the smell but I also notice cardamom flavor in addition to the nutmeg. Mouthfeel is good- malty and full.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlswen2945
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this in 2017, but it's taken me a year to post my review.

This pours a dark cola coffee color with cocoa colored foam. Heavy wintergreen menthol notes on the aroma and palate. I always enjoy his beer year after year and this year is no exception.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blackop555
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown. Thick, medium, tan head that lasts a while.

Smells spices, roasty, earthy bitter, bready, dark fruit and Piney.

Taste roasted malts, spices, bready, light caramel and a little pineyness creeps in towards the end. Finish is semi-dry with a bready linger. Medium body and creamy lower carbonation.

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Photo of JDoHo
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a chocolate tinge, topped with 4 fingers of dark brown tinged head.

Smells of taffy, chocolate and coffee with hints of cinnamon and spice.

The taste follows the nose.

Thick, foamy body with moderate carbonation.

Got in Agawam, MA, drinking in New Hamburg, ON, May 11th, 2018.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of quadmad
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CJNAPS
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DBosco
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Half-full
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a Brooklyn Brewery tumbler.

A: Body is dark to bronwish with a beige head 5mm thick. Despite not being very dense, it's opaque as no light comes through.
S & T: Taste is a bit tarty, bitter and sweet. It's tarty from a somewhat acidic fruity tone of raspberries. It's sweet with a porter-like sweetness of very very mild toffee. It's very malty also and with some light bitterness incoming from the roastiness.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is overly achieved but still good. Sweetness is medium and bitterness is mild.
O: Ir sure doesn't look like a Christmas Ale, as it isn't - Winter Warmer, but was expecting it to be closer to one. Still, good enough to drink but not as sweet as expected.

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Photo of matthewsween
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on 12-17-17 for $2.99. Bottled on 10-26-17 but kept in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head that has some decent hang time.

Nose has hints of allspice and nutmeg.

Taste follows the nose, roasted malts sprinkled with allspice and nutmeg, and maybe a touch of ginger.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a pretty good rendition of an old classic.

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Photo of KLReed
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of _Adam_
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corson
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 16 ounce Prowler bought at Liquor Shed bought at Liquor Shed in Casper.

Pours near black, tiniest bit of red hues. Great head of foam with good lacing.

Smells of nutmeg, almost like what you get with a pumpkin beer, bananas, cloves, roasted malt.

Taste has the nutmeg, cloves, bananas, kinda roasty, very low level of bitterness. Very tasty.

Great mouthfeel, easy drinking, excellent from this mini Growler. Bottles won't be coming so I am glad Jacob got some and put it on the Growler station.

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Photo of Number23
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of futiledevices
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep amber that looks black when not held to light. Smell is dark fruits, toasty caramel malt, banana bready yeast, nutmeg and other holiday spices, piney hops. Taste is much of the same, pronounced roasty malt and herbal hops, lightly sweet and spiced, with a lingering bitterness and more of that banana bready yeast. Not too sticky, not too thin. A nice, balanced winter ale.

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Our Special Ale 2017 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 238 ratings