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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3.65/5
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726 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:
726
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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17
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74
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Photo of palma
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Brewer1980
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Achoo_Bacca
1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

Photo of prisoner1572
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Gehrig13
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of barneysdad
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of lysergicdream
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Polasiuss
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 elchingen
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Brown with a Ruby Tinge when held up to light. Head is about 2 fingers in width and there is a decent amount of lacing on the sides.

Smell - Cinnamon, Spices, Licorice, Figs and Malts. Smells reminds me of Snickerdoodle Cookies and Christmas. Very rich and vibrant smell!

Taste - Spruce, Cinnamon, Licorice, Spices and Malts. Aftertaste is surprisingly resiny too. Flavor is quite nice and warms you up very fast.

Mouthfeel - Light Bodied and Mildly carbonated. Very easy to drink as well.

Overall - Flavor is nice and rich & it's easy on the palete. This is probably one of the best Winter Warmers I've had thus far and I would check it out if you still can manage to find it.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dheacck11
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red muddy brown with dense mocha head, 1/2 finger, fading quickly.

Nose is pungent. Lots of bready, earthy, dense dark fruit. Sour cherry.

Taste is equally powerful. Lots of dark fruit: raisin, plum, cherry. Some subtle hint of spice at the end, but minimal. Mild roasty malt with some earthy components.

Feel is big and thick and full, but a little too sharp in the finish. Leaves a lingering acidity in your mouth.

A really unique beer. Happy I tried it, but will not get again. Just feels like the flavors are way to overdone and don't really marry into a balanced beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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