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

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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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.

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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours brown with an amber hue to it, a dirty white head. Aroma is spicy and bready maybe a touch of some spruce there, but not much. Flavor started off with a wall of spices, it transitioned into a sweet, dark bread middle, and then closed with some of the spruce tips offering some slight bitterness in the finish. A medium body. Overall, not a fan of this one. The spices hit way too hard and I just couldn’t get beyond them even when the flavor transitioned elsewhere.

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2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not very good this year. Taste is pine, citrus, twigs, roots and dirt. A poor job trying to make this beer "earthy" in any way. Pricky soapy hops. Juniper flavor only worsens it. Thin. Astringent throughout and gets even more astringent at the end. Some malt complexity saves this beer. If you could look past the astringency, its drinkable.

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2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really enjoyed this last year, but something does not seem right with this year's edition.

I love the bottle and label Anchor uses for this beer.
And it sure looks nice when poured in a glass.

After that, the experience is bit of a let down.

Christmas spices are what dominate the smell. I am guessing cinnamon and nutmeg. I am not very good at identifying the spices used, but the spice presence is strong in the smell.

The taste is malty and of dark fruit like raisins. And like the smell, spices are strongly present but hard to identify. I would say Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and maybe vanilla?

It is not terrible. It is actually an interesting beer to drink, I will give it that much.
All the different spices they throw in just don't work well together. Or maybe it is a little over spiced.
Overall, it is bit of a let down

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 726 ratings