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Anchor Our Special Ale (2001 and earlier)



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RATINGS: 452   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PlinyHarris (28) - - DEC 14, 2012
The ever-modified Anchor Christmas special came to me this year with a huge price tag, and was kept in far too cold a fridge. Not to be sampled below 9ªC as a rough estimate! The Brudenell didn’t give me such luck this time and the complexity was therefore lost quite a bit, but hey you got licorice, pines and mulled wine spice blends. It just quickly left the palette at that temperature. Have geared the rating conservatively towards that potential, like the humourless person I am.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sjohnny (383) - - DEC 14, 2012
Cinnamon, vanilla and pine aroma. Pours a very deep very dark jewel red. Light tan head. Caramel, cinnamon and pine flavor. Medium to light bodied. Hint of pine and crisp bitterness on finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3470) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2012
On tap at Beer Temple as Anchor Christmas Ale. Poured dark with an off white head. Aroma of cinnamon over soft roast malt. Medium body, the cinnamon dominating the flavour (but not overpowering), some roast caramel malt and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1068) - 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 (2089) - 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....

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