Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) | Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by EgadBananas on 10-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy brown like a porter with a wheat bill to it.

Chocolate on the nose prevalent, ginger and mint. Doesn't disappoint here.

Ginger prevails, dark malts too far in the background. Faint peppermint on the back end. Too subtle. Did not take a turn at all like I'd wanted.

Soda body would be fine if there was more flavor to work with.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Ding for this one. 2010 vintage, 1 of 5 in a vertical. Poured from bottle into oversized snifter. Pours a nearly black/brown color, as it pours, some light comes through. Very little to no head retention. Smell- ginger root, liquorice, brown sugar. Ginger is most prevalent flavor. Some sweet molasses wafts. Taste- tight carbonation, liquorice on the back of the throat, and then a semi-sweet malt presence. It is really lacking in the sweetness I was expecting, it is actually quite watery. I get ginger on the aftertaste, maybe a hint of peppermint. A little bizarre. Drinkable but not what I was hoping it would be. Glad to taste it regardless, as it is a totally different experience than older vintages I have tried so far.

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A: Pours an opaque dark brown/amber color with a finger of light tan head. Retention is average.

S: Woah, allspice and nutmeg are very prominent in this beer. Behind that, I get a bit of caramel sweetness and burnt sugars.

T: Similar to aroma - lots of spices - allspice, ginger, and a bit of spicy pepper. As the beer warms, I get some toffee and burnt sugars - quite nice. The malt profile is a bit more intense and complex than the aroma let on.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

O: Not bad with a nice malt flavor, but the spices are a bit much. Either more malt flavor is needed, or less spices are needed to balance the beer out.

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Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 512 ratings
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