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)
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:
727
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of AdamBear
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-very dark brown with a nice thick tan head

S-nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, with an odd scent of curry. very bold and to the point. strong scent.

T-comes in with an okay flavor of slightly soured dark grains and coconut curry and white peppercorn. continues with after-taste mostly of peppery bread. good flavor, though not as strong as the scent.

M-really heavy carbonation with a slightly watery finish. the carbonation alone reminds me of a belgian.

O-this might always be one of my favorite winter warmers. I'm not particularly found of this year's as opposed to other years though. It has a certain spoiled flavor to it that does not belong. it gets stronger as i drink it. starting not to enjoy this actually.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Goatshaver
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very very dark red color with a nice light-reddish tan hued head to it. I smell dark fruit, slight malt with a little spice note. Taste is great with the dark fruits, ginger and juniper. Easily drinkable and appropriate for the season and a very good well balanced winter seasonal brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of garuda
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby, lighter highlights, tan head has little retention, but laces well.

S/T - Bready malts, creamed coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, finishes with spiciness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth consistency, finishes mostly clean.

O - Pretty drinkable, a nice winter warmer. I'd get it again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark chocolate brown color with a short yet dense khaki head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of a brown bread malt with a caramel and buttery toffee note. Ginger spice with a candied orange scent. A hint of pine to complete the festive aroma. Not super strong.

The taste is pretty big on the spice notes. Ginger and candied fruit, along with the malt, give the beer a fruit cake type flavor. Some juniper and light anise notes give the beer some bitterness. Hint of light roast in the end. Not very hop flavorful, perhaps some pine notes to go along with the juniper flavor.

The feel is moderate to full with surprisingly spritzy carbonation. The carbonation helps break up the body a bit. Good balance between sweet, spice, and bitterness on the palate. Finishes slightly dry, bitter, and a touch sticky.

Another good version of the OSA. Spice dominate which seems to be the trend over the past few years. Nothing says "Christmas Ale" like OSA.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark red in color and is close to appearing black when viewed from afar. It poured with a finger and a half high beige head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of ginger snap cookies and nutmeg are present in the nose.
T: For the most part, the taste resembles the smell and is dominated by Christmas spices and some very subtle hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is dominated by flavors of spices, but I really enjoyed the combination of flavors and could sip this beer all night long.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown with hints of ruby with a half inch tan head and good lacing

S-cinnamon, roasted malt, caramel, ginger

T-roasted malt, dark fruit, ginger, cinnamon, hint of chocolate, bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a pleasant ale with some nice flavors to enjoy on a winter day

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of barczar
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown with strong garnet highlights and a solid half inch toffee head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Ginger, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg dominate the initial aroma, giving a cola impression. Smells fairly sweet.

Cola follows in the flavor, with ginger, clove, and cinnamon accompanying caramel malt, leading to a slightly roasted, almost acrid, bitter finish. Dark fruits and pine emerge as it warms.

Body is a touch syrupy, with carbonation on the high side of moderate.

Definitely a spicy winter warmer. The finish cleanses the palate nicely, but the initial flavor is overwhelmingly spicy. It's just not my favorite style.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 727 ratings
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