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

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Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
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723 Ratings
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beertunes on 10-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
723
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5/5  rDev +37%

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5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of elNopalero
4.95/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorites and a real treat every year. This year’s batch is no exception.

The 2012 Our Special Ale pours a deep, intense ruby amber color. Looks amazing—and a surprise from the previous few year’s dark roast color. On the aroma I get some anise, cherry and a black licorice note as well as hints of pine and evergreen. Is it fair to say there’s some juniper tucked away in there? Whatever the case the mix of botanicals plays well on the nose.

The flavor carries more of the same, with everything balanced out by a nice sweetness. There’s hints of rootbeer and licorice root along with the warming spices. I’d consider this to be a sweet red ale with gruit-like spicing. The carbonation keeps this lighter than it at first may seem. Looking forward to seeing this one with some age on it. Utterly delicious, as I expected.

After six months the wintergreen menthol remains. However, the juniper has faded and definitely on the palate the more medicinal notes have come to the fore. A real treat—Christmas in July!

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4.86/5  rDev +33.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of 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!

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4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from belgium to san francisco . . . .
pours a very dar, slightly able to see thorugh at the edges, mahogany brown with small head on top.
smells AWESOME! malty with some bitter chocolate and hops....
tastes . . . . . almost like a porter (?), no? some dark chocolate, espresso(?), heavy malt, light hop finish.
heavy finish. overall, a nice brew which could have used a higher abv, but i suppose that would have added to the bitterness. never much a fan of anchor brewing (yes, i know they're a fan favorite) but i like this one a lot. i like the heavy, but smooth taste. just wish it were a little higher value abv . . . . .

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4.56/5  rDev +24.9%

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4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very dark brown with a lofty soapy tan colored head. Man, the smell is amazing, it's like some type of Christmas desert. I could taste mostly cinnamon and raisin with a hint of maple syrup and nutmeg. The taste is almost as good, it's like a gingerbread-sugar cookie with a little spice. Feels medium bodied with low carbonation and a candy like finish. I really enjoyed this beer, honestly, it's one of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 723 ratings
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