Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
Anchor Brewing Company

Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
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From:
Anchor Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Winter Warmer
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 14.25%
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
529
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 01, 2019
Added:
Oct 22, 2012
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  73
SCORE
83
Good
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Black liquid; purple when held to the light.

Nice khaki head which dissipates but doesn't disappear; heavy lacing.

Strong licorice and wax nose; certainly unique.

Medium mouthfeel.

Wax. This beer tastes like wax. Strange, & not wholly unpleasant, but very odd. One of the most unique beers I've ever tasted but not one of the best.
Jul 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.83 by TrojanRB from Texas

May 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by Kurmaraja from California

Dec 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by DanGeo from Michigan

Jan 14, 2018
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
11/24/2015 - Brewniversity
Jan 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by Bartpatton from Texas

Nov 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by armock from New York

Jul 15, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
**
12/02/2012
AROMA: Toffee, Fruitcake
LOOK: Brownish Black
TASTE: Cloves. A lot of other flavors I like that I cannot identify.
FEEL: Thick for an Ale

Boom Shanka.
**
Jul 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had again 2012 (good, but undistinguished) in a 2016 side-by-side comparison with 2016 vintage (great, particularly in its softness.)
My 2012 rating compensates upwards using my theory: Special Ale starts deteriorating after 2 or 3 years. (My sub-theory is there is not enough malt backbone and alcohol to preserve it for several years.)
Anyhow, 2012 was a better ale than it is now.
But, 2016 probably will be even better in a year.
May 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by jcubz from Canada (SK)

Mar 25, 2016
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Reviewed by drpimento from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A spice beer that is just a tad understated. They also have the carbonation a touch brisk which enhances the bitter and gives the spice an odd aspect. The spices are still definitely there, but the brisk carbonation, bitterness, and slight dryness of beer are qualities not usually associated with spice beers. Still not bad.
Feb 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.33 by Jmski

Jan 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.47 by DOCRW from Washington

Dec 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.79 by dataylor21 from Kentucky

Dec 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.63 by mudboneINla from California

Nov 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.38 by gandres from Philippines

Oct 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by gregcordle from Ohio

Oct 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by joeroma5 from Massachusetts

Aug 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.08 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Jun 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.44 by kmoen from California

Apr 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Luweezy from Pennsylvania

Mar 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by CJNAPS from California

Feb 18, 2015
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Rated by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

1.41/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
One of the worst Christmas beers out there.
Jan 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by nathanmiller from New York

Jan 13, 2015
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Rated by JGam115 from New York

3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Molasses brown color and tan head. Notes of mouth-watering malt, sweet molasses, raisin. Very intriguing taste. Blackened malt and sweetness
Jan 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.6 by edhizdeid from Washington

Dec 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.79 by instinct2 from Indiana

Dec 26, 2014
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Reviewed by IPAGeorge from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Dark brown with a 2 finger khaki head.

S. Dark fruits fill the nose. Prune, raisin, fig and dark cherry.

T. The taste is very pruney. Dark malt. Finish tastes a little clove. About it.

M. Medium bodied. Kinda bubbly. Finishes clean.

O. A different beer. Fitting for the holidays. Would go good with some almond crescents.
Dec 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3.52 by wethorseblanket from California

Dec 22, 2014
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Rated by Natedogg

4.74/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I really love the flavors of this beer, Nutmeg, ginger, maybe some cinnamon!
Dec 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4.23 by Svyturys30 from Illinois

Dec 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3.37 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2014
 
Rated: 2 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.8 by stoney1031 from Texas

Dec 06, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by 1Sundown2C from New York

Dec 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Kayla_Lauren11 from Illinois

Nov 28, 2014
 
Rated: 2 by dheldman from Minnesota

Nov 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2014
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 727 ratings