Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale) | Anchor Brewing Company

Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
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Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TastyTaste on 10-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 287 |  Reviews: 246
Photo of cliff1066
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of carrollmel7
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of hanlonrn
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of M27
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened in 2012

Deep caramel color, not much head or lace.

Nose is like potpourri, nut, some sherry, and a trace of cherry.

Lots of spice, a bit of orange, and a wash of cherry. Aftertaste is more savory, but verges on tasting like carbonic acid. Kinda tart.

Nice and smooth. Otherwise unremarkable.

Nice, but probably on the long end of aging limits.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kmwilson76
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of seanyfo
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into standard UK pint sleeve

A- jet black body with no light perception. 3 finger tan head that reduces fairly quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S- gingerbread, jamaica ginger cake, some dark fruit(cherries- reminding me of black forest gateau)

T- ginger and cinnamon spice with dark fruits coming through balanced with a nice hit of toasted malts in the finish

M- medium carbonation and body

D- mostly same flavour profiles the 2004 I had a few days ago. Perhaps more complexity with the dark fruit. Mouthfeel is better with a higher carbonation and fuller mouthfeel. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Amyliz4
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

The Eighth Day of Beermas... It pours a murky dark sienna topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises raisins, figs, honey, light cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of graham crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon, milk chocolate, light roasted malts, and clove. The body is a strong medium, with a light carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, another step forward in this vertical, though the spices continue to miss the mark, just so this time.

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Photo of deapokid
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, mysterious burnt red in color. Very murky with a light, swampy white head on top. Carbonation is still pretty good after 4 years.

Aroma is basically a liquid representation of Christmas. Think pine needles, peeled white grapes, dry liqueur, cinnamon, chestnuts, some plum and candy sugar. From the scent, this is definitely a Belgian take on the Winter Warmer.

I didn't think it would hold up so well, but time has been good to this bad boy. Flavor is smoky (like cigar smoky) with a hint of mint, pine, spruce, and cardamom. The sweetness is nice and subtle and the age has given the beer a certain floral aspect that mingles nicely with the nutmeg.

Mouth is smooth upfront with a nice dry ending that lingers on the tongue for quite some time.

This has really balanced itself out nicely. I thought the low ABV would diminish some of the flavor profile, but it's all there in spades. Now I might have to go back and check out the '07.

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Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. I can't vouch for how the bottle was cellared, though I did find it on a low shelf out of direct light at the store.

A - The pour is deep amber that nearly turns to black as the glass fills up. A half finger of mocha head forms at first, but falls quickly to a small ring. A modest amount of lacing remains.

S - Smells intensely of dark fruits like cherries and raisins, as well as spices - I can pick out cinnamon and nutmeg specifically. Also smells slightly of soy, but just barely. There's almost a brandy character to the smell (minus the wood). Four years doesn't seem to have diminished the beer much in this respect.

T - The flavors have started to fade, but I can definitely taste dark-roasted malts, some orange peel, and a few spices - clove, cardamom(?), and cinnamon. Aside from a slight lingering sweetness there's almost no finish to this beer, and the mid-palate doesn't have much going on either. Either through improper cellaring or just the passage of time, I fear this beer is a ways past its prime.

M - Medium-full in body, with more carbonation than I expected (but still not a lot). There's a light coating left in my mouth after each swallow that quickly fades - very nice.

D - It's easy enough to quaff, but I doubt I'd want more than one.

This falls into the category of "beers that have faded, but it's still apparent they used to be excellent." I can only wonder how much improved it would be if cellared ideally.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

in vertical tasting. This was my favorite year despict aging. This had a more balanced malt quality of dessert and earth tones. Pour is porter brown with a finger of mocha head. A nose of christmas herbs and malt candy. A light body that seems to give the malt a rich but not syrupy quality. Molassess, coriander and orangepeel. The palate was that but smoothed over with a light chocolate and brown sugar. Licorice and heather. Great drinkablity. Not over powering. Delicately creamy.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened around Christmas 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a garnet color with a modest off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward black licorice, nutmeg, other spices, and hints of citrus. Taste brings things together and this certainly has not become a mess. Well integrated and spicy without anything standing out too much. Some modicum of hops leftover. Feel is a bit thin but nice. Drinks fairly well, but wasn't the best in the mini vertical that we did.

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Photo of fropones
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 02/2010

A - Nearly black with some brown, with a khaki head.

S - Somewhat less oxidized than the 2005, some ginger.

T - Bakers chocolate, anise, some ghosts of hops.

M - Fuller bodied with nicer carbonation than the '05, but not quite there yet.

D - Drinks well enough, but not great.

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Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.1% out of 100 with 287 ratings
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