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Anchor Our Special Ale (2001 and earlier)



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RATINGS: 451   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2001
Saltiness in the head is a forewarning. Chocolate, caraway seeds, beef bouillon, or gin, depending upon whom you ask. Juniper berries and bark complete the picture. I guess it reminds me of Christmas, but I had to drink this a long time before it grew on me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gonzimodo99 (26) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2001
One of the more interesting holiday ales. From the first taste, you think it is going to be overpowering in its spiciness, but it mellows down quickly and becomes quite drinkable. Holds up in storage surprisingly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2001
2000 issue - dark and rich, almost stout-like, with a spicy hops and some other flavoring adjunct I could not identify. Hope 2001 is as good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2001
A thin dark ruby colored beer. Spicy aroma and malt, a bit of a pumpkin flavor, followed by a coffee/ porter-like aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2001

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2001
Strong flavor. Complex flavors. Can be overpowering if you have more than 1 or 2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2001
Used to be the high point of Christmas was opening presents, now it’s opening a bottle of this. Could not be better. Every year is treat. Should have brought those bottles I saw at the liquor store in June.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2001

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2001
Big disappointment. I was looking for a big beer here. Found a big mess. Lots of malt no structure. A beer to try and impress IMHO

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (665) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2001
What an unusual beer. Most either love it or loathe it. So I had to try one. I have to say, it was an acquired taste. But I acquired it. Hard to describe, but it had a tricky balance to it, the beer fools you. Mine was this past year’s. On the beginning note, you think the beer is going to wallop you with a sharp hop kick, but it gives it to you gently and gracefully on that second note. Remarkably smooth finish, considering where you have been. Has dark, spicy overtones. A good, if not unusual, brew.

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