Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
Anchor Brewing Company

Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
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From:
Anchor Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Winter Warmer
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 14.88%
Reviews:
287
Ratings:
423
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 10, 2021
Added:
Oct 19, 2011
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  64
SCORE
86
Very Good
Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A clear deep chestnut brew, small bubbles, a large head that settles slowly leaving loads of lacing. Some curtains.

Smell fruity and fresh, pears, ripe dates, some yeasty spiciness.

Starting with brown bread, dark fruits, ripe oranges, bitter orange peel and some licorice and soy.

Medium low carbonation, small soft bubbles, soft and smooth texture, rather refreshing, a small dry finish.

Not bad, but today the selection is so wide so it is not extraordinary. But it is a damned smooth winter warmer!
Nov 15, 2011
More User Ratings:
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark brown with an inch-plus of tan head. Plenty of tattered lacework with persistent retention. Spruce and earthy spice in the nose. Medium bodied with a tacky, almost chewy mouthfeel. Roasty malt with dark chocolate and molasses on the palate. Finishes with a drying bitterness and earthy spice.
Dec 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by TrojanRB from Texas

May 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.12 by Mikexw from New York

Apr 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by smithj4 from New York

Feb 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by DanGeo from Michigan

Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by BeerBucks from New York

Dec 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by armock from New York

Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.53 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

May 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.48 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Dec 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Jodio from Texas

Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by Beginner2 from Illinois

May 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.09 by Akeah from Colorado

Mar 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.05 by Angerhaus from Rhode Island

Jan 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.57 by DOCRW from Washington

Dec 27, 2015
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Brown appearance, red edges, beige head in the half inch range. A little bit of woody, brown malt.

Plenty of toffee, peat malt, almost no hops, tiny bit of bitterness. Not really warming. Cola like notes. Decent in limited quantities.
Dec 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.96 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Dec 09, 2015
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Rated by kscaldef from Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Smells nice and caramelly, but tastes a little too much like chewing on a tree.
Jul 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.34 by hoponit from New York

Apr 01, 2015
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Reviewed by AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a bulbed pint glass. Liquid comes out sort of a muddy Amber color to light brown. When held up to the light you can see Amber highlights and that it's slightly hazy. Brown eggshell colored head with mostly small bubbles. Ok lacking.

Smell is pretty good. Dark malts are present, it has a nice dark bready/cakey essence to it. Hints of licorice, clove, molasses, prunes, and dates.

Tastes pretty good, certainly has a Christmas like vibe to it in tbe flavors. Again there's a good dark grain bill. Hints of earthy clove, molasses, licorice and a bit of spicy fruit cake flavors. Pretty good, I've had it fresh too and I think it's held up pretty well.

A head medium feel with a flavor that lingers for about a second. Good carbonation level. Sweet and better at the same time with acidic finish similar to a red wine. Good beer, I'd probably only drink it winter time but it's still good. I've liked all the Christmas ales so far and don't regret any of them. They certainly serve their purpose.
Mar 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.77 by h4ger from Connecticut

Feb 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.23 by sjrodriguez from California

Jan 20, 2015
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Rated by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The recipe for this fine brew changes annually so I will give it a 3 due to year to year variability.
Jan 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jan 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.06 by nathanmiller from New York

Jan 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.64 by Yeroc from Pennsylvania

Dec 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Dec 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.3 by Kraty1 from Illinois

Dec 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by wethorseblanket from California

Dec 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.52 by lysergicdream from Colorado

Dec 13, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Dec 13, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by kwm5067 from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2014
 
Rated: 2 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.64 by lazy8 from California

Nov 12, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Nov 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.4 by Benh777

Oct 31, 2014
 
Rated: 3.4 by Ludwigkpa from Pennsylvania

Oct 23, 2014
 
Rated: 4.12 by Benesi88 from Massachusetts

Oct 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by zookerman182 from Alabama

Sep 22, 2014
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%
Spicy nose with a little fruit cake.
Pours brilliant deep chestnut under a 1" tan head, clingy lace.
A very malty, spicy ad dried fruit palate with some astringency and dryness from the spice that lingers through the finish.
Medium body to a little above, medium carbonation.
Sep 15, 2014
Our Special Ale 2011 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 710 ratings