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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
[Vintage 2001, BBE Oct-03, Sampled March 2005] A brown beer with a huge dense brown head. The aroma is sweet and spicy containing notes of wood, musk, lavender, and cocoa. The flavor is sweet and very spicy with notes of pine (though not nearly as much as in the newer versions), wood, lavender, and musk. The mouthfeel is a little flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Vintage 2001. Thick, almost tar-like black beer with a generous brown porter-like head. When I had this the first time I wasn’t impressed. But either the beer or my tastebuds has changed! Extremely full, reminiscent of a Stout with it’s characteristic burned aroma in good balance with the more fruity notes from the ale-yeast. Spicy - but from what I do not know. Apparently Anchor changes the recipe every year. Surprising that this beer doesn’t contain more alcohol - it appears stronger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (20327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2002
Very dark brown. Nutmeg aroma. Malty, spicy and and rather sweet. Medium bitterness. I find this years version to be more balanced than previous years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18184) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2007
1998 bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Spicy malty aroma with some hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Sweet malty spicy ginger flavor with some dark fruit hints. Long malty spicy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (16552) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
2nd February 2008
1994 botltle! Very dark brown ale. Doesn’t smell great! Not too bad in the mouth. Porterish with a slighlty spicy finish. Okay but clearly past it’s best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Dark amber color. Strong malt aroma, caramel. Malt mouthfeel, very strong caramel (the strongest of all the beers I have ever tasted) just supported by some bitterness (not enough for me). Ordinary palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
saxo (14382) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark reddish beer with nice tan head. Taste is spicy and very christmas like - but just not that much to my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14189) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Clear maroon color, thick beige head. Seems over spiced to me, with lots of residual sugar

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (13060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2001
So everyone else is talking about the 2001 and I’m just getting to the 2000. Oh well, I didn’t think too highly of this particular vintage - excessive ginger, burnt raisins, kind of thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
(12oz., 1992 vintage, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy amber body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of old books, mustiness, cobwebs, caramel, light ashes, and ginger. Flavor of menthol, raisins, cocoa, roasted malt, and ginger.

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