Our Special Ale 2018 (Anchor Christmas Ale) | Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2018 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2018 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 10-07-2018

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I just can't seem to let go of this annual tradition. Can't say it's my favorite Christmas beer, cuz' it isn't. Also, there is not a lot of variety, esp with the base beer. But here I am again, so there must be something that brings me back like Scooby and his snacks.
Certainly a different aroma this years than those I've had in the past. A little more floral and less pine and various versions thereof. Soft malt and less toast.
Still attractive in a familiar way. Nice tan head over a very clear brown body.
Drying like always, but less so and again the spicing and pine are much reduced, all in a positive way. Almost seems like closer to traditional hop flavors, but also some softer spicing blended nicely. My the finish really hangs on with closing in on a burnt character (but not quite there, and I don't think it's roast, rather than an addition).
Nice moderate body and carbonated nicely. Soft and smooth.
I like the changes. This seems to have broken out of the rut I was experiencing. Worth it for me this year.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maestro0708
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cozmo
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer has a dark ruby amber color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave rings lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of caramel and some bread along with a bit of spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Accompanying these smells comes notes of some pine and a little bit of grain.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly sweeter caramel taste with a strong bready showing. Upfront there is a little bit of spice with some cinnamon and nutmeg flavors being present. As the taste advances so too does the sweetness, with more caramel and some molasses coming to the tongue. At the end a little bit of pine/spruce comes to the tongue, and with the spice and sweet, creates a rather enjoyable sweet, spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly more chewy side, but is not too chewy, with a carbonation level that is rather light. For the mix of flavors the feel is prime and makes for a nice media for the mix of flavors to be well sensed.

Overall – A slightly sweeter and spiced brew with a nice slow, but sorta easy sipping feel. Tasty!

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Photo of Nunya
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plancy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of depechemode1983
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium amber color. The head is beige with medium retention. It leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The nose is of caramel sweetness, nutmeg, wheat bread, banana pudding and a hint of chocolate. Very aromatic.

Still getting banana, lots of christmas spice, some bitterness from the hops, and just a mild sweetness. There is a lot going on just like the nose.

The mouthfeel is full bodied but not too heavy. Carbonation medium. Feels good.

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Photo of toast9
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle - wow, I can't believe that we up here in Edmonton, Alberta are the first to get this year's version. The new tree this time is the Korean pine, which is a lot easier to remember than the typical taxonomic descriptions.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent disintegrating limestone cliff pattern lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of bready and grainy caramel malt, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, a bit of fig and date fruitiness, brown sugar syrup, and very subtle earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, some mixed holiday spiciness, molasses sugar cookies, indistinct black fruity notes, and more well-understated herbal, leafy, and musky floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a hint of spice astringency maybe not exactly toeing the company line here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and muddled spices predominating.

Overall - yup, this comes across very much like every other iteration of this series that I have tried. Don't have any past ones to compare it to directly, but suffice it to say, this will indeed go down in a pinch come Yuletide season.

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Our Special Ale 2018 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 15 ratings