Our Special Ale 2022 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
Anchor Brewing Company

Our Special Ale 2022 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2022 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Winter Warmer
Ranked #10
Ranked #12,494
3.97 | pDev: 8.82%
Nov 07, 2023
Oct 18, 2022
This is the forty-eighth Our Special Ale from the brewers at Anchor. This ale is made with natural flavors, features a new recipe & tree every year, but the intent with which we offer it is the same: joy & celebration of the newness of life. Trees symbolize the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. Mary Ellen Pleasant planted blue gum trees in front of her San Francisco home in the 1800s.The home is long gone, but her landmark trees remain, a living tribute to the Mother of Civil Rights in California..
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Rated: 4 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
Rated: 3.79 by Satsuma from Florida

Oct 21, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Oct 14, 2023
Rated: 5 by SRV from Oklahoma

Sep 09, 2023
Rated: 3.53 by GClarkage from California

Aug 19, 2023
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Reviewed by seakayak from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Imagine you wake up in your tent after a late night of gin and tonics and competitive knife throwing by the campfire. You passed out in the juniper bushes after devouring the rest of the chocolate cake. Your buddy has brought you a piping hot cup of coffee. Congratulations, you have now smelled this wonderful beer!
Jul 17, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 8/31/22, so 9 months in the bottle.

Cloudy dark brown body with an off white head. Spicy aroma and somehow a little soapy. Rye and juniper make this a very bitter drink, and there is the soapy note. Didn't care for this one.
May 26, 2023
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Reviewed by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look forward to this every year. Never disappoints. Malty with cherries and altogether pleasant. Just how a winter warmer should taste. Not alcohol forward and lacing is perfect. Opaque, but that adds to the mystery. Enjoy!
Mar 21, 2023
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A- black cherry in color that is non opaque. One finger frothy head. light red.

S- candied cherry and malt.

F- taste mimics smell. strong dark fruit(cherry)

M- bubbly but smooth. strong on the booze as well.

O- a good winter warmer. i love anchor steam beers.
Mar 15, 2023
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I poured an 11 oz. bottle firmly into a pint glass. A 1-inch light tan head rose above a translucent dark coppery body. The smell is faint but good. Moderate lacing existed all during consumpion.Malt and hops notes are muted... a fresh earthy, woodsy evergreen scent prevails, pleasant but hardly overpowering. The taste adds a bit more hops than the nose, with sweetness like a milk stout, and the earthy forest taste still front and center... a slightly bitter aftertaste detract a bit. The mouthfeel is decent, a tad watery, again like a milk stout, but certainly respectably drinkable. The 7.2 ABV seems just right for a winter warmer. Overall, this is a pleasant drink, and it fits the general expectations of a winter warmer. I do have a favorite Christmas ale, so I don't think I'll search this out, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down, especially during the winter months. Anchor Special Ale 2022 will find some fans.
Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by donspublic from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bottle into tulip, good 2 finger light tan head, good retention and lacing. Dark rubish/brown, crystal clear, little light passes thru. Not much on the nose, but prob just me and my sinuses. Spicy/tingly right off the bat, not sure if this is carbonation/or rye, or something else, but I like it. fades into herbal, dark fruit notes, eucalyptus, and a nice residual eucalyptus on the finish that hangs around. Sad I drank it late and sad I only grabbed one. Will learn one day to try this earlier in the holiday season
Feb 25, 2023
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Reviewed by SHDoyle from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Description: Rich, brown color, sort of like a Coke or Pepsi. Small amount of head. Aroma is spice, pine, nutmeg, vanilla; smells Christmasy. Taste is...it's a Christmas beer. Spice, vanilla, etc., but nothing out of the ordinary or unique. Body is medium with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) It represents the style adequately. But I'm not a huge fan of Christmas beers and this is no exception.
Feb 24, 2023
Rated: 4.01 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Always different, always Special.
Light russet brown with a tan head of tight foam, great lacing and retention to the end.
Rich malt nose full of red fruit, herbal spice and licorice.
The flavor is all Winter Warmer hybrid - part Belgian dubbel, part mocha porter, lots of fruit notes of raisins and figs and dark grain sweetness in balance and appreciation of each other.
Body is medium which feels a bit weak for the big flavors yet making it easy to drink in big swallows.
Finish is long and hoppy with mild, dark and caramel malt flavors lingering.
One of my favorites of this ever and I'm pretty sure I've had (at least) one every year for over 20 years.
Feb 13, 2023
Rated: 4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by DANNA6793

Feb 03, 2023
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Reviewed by BeerGeekExtraordinaire from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
My standard caveat: I rate beers the way I do on Untappd.

I had been wanting to try this for a while.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Amber in color. Not picking up much in the way of esters.

The description on Untappd says it's rye forward. I am not a rye fan because of its aggressive spice character and that shows up. I think I am getting some of the eucalyptus. Everything else, quite honestly, I am not sure, but everything blends well and mutes the rye spice so that it's not off putting to me. I enjoyed it but I will be more careful to review the description more carefully so that I have a better idea of what to expect from the current version.
Jan 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I enjoyed this more than the last few renditions... Christmas tree hops....dark cocoa malts....delicious flavors and finish...

I had several over the Christmas holidays and it really hit the spot...had another today while waiting on the game and it's just as good...

Anchor is one of those breweries that doesn't distribute to my area any longer so I have to rely on travel opportunities to pick it up....and I'm never disappointed....always solid, always tasty...

Terrific little beer...
Jan 22, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by dd53grif from Michigan

Jan 18, 2023
Rated: 3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 17, 2023
Our Special Ale 2022 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 165 ratings