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Anchor Our Special Ale (2001 and earlier)



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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Our Special Ale, a dark, rich, heavily spiced ale with a recipe that changes with each passing year. - The enticing ruby color is topped by a dark creamy head that emits both malty and spicy aromas with ginger being a prominent one. The full body is matched with complex dry and spicy flavors that produce a nice favorable combination before finishing on the dry side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with tan head. Milky chocolate and coffee aroma. Rich and smooth palate thins a bit at the back, but also supplies enough of a coffee-flavored bite to provide balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
7DResearch (5) - - DEC 8, 2012 does not count
This beer did me right two New Years Days Ago. Dark ruby. Nice head. Heavy clove. Great for holiday mornings. Spicy. Great for the right moment. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdavisesq (38) - - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle to tulip glass. Pours black with red accents and brown creamy head of half a finger. Aroma is spicy. Tastes of clove, nutmeg, and some roasted malt. Very spicy and a bit sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thinker (62) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Deep black with a thick tab head. Aroma is hoppy with some malt. Very smooth chocolate/ coffee flavor that finishes dry and bitter. Thinker

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ktwse (1459) - SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2012
Pours dark brown with medium frothy head. Aroma of carnation, bröd, orange peel. Taste is very spicy and bitter with carnation clearly present. Abrupt finish, body too light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jshie234 (10) - Clinton Township, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Dark brown, light tan head dissapates quickly. Nicely Roasted and spiced aroma. Should have let it warm up before tasting as the roasted flavor was a bit washed out due to cold temps. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adriano (5) - Roma, ITALY - DEC 1, 2012 does not count
Bottle edition 2012 Very Good Beer. It’s preatty like a classical belgian Christmas Ale that meets an english porter, so the flavourof Dark red fruits, liquorice, cinnamon without the alchool degrees....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hcalsos (180) - Rælingen, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
0.355 bottle. Dark brown red colour. Offwhite head medium thick. Gingerbread , liqourice and roasted caramell. Perfumed taste with liqourice roasted aftertaste. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (3052) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Draught. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head. Nose is a little sweet with some malty notes to it. Feels very fizzy. Taste is a tad sour, actually, and has some caramel in it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Did not like this beer, not sure of the high reviews, tasted like rotten old bubble gum. How does it have a 96 rating?

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