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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2003
2000 vintage, 1.5 L magnum. Pours a deep ruby color, darker than expected, lightly cloudy. Tan, craggy foam head that gently fades. Aroma is initially spicy, obviously, in the form of prominent ginger, juniper berries, cinammon, and allspice, among others. All of this blends nicely with the darker/chocolate hued malts. The nose becomes fruitier and more complex as it warms, mostly apples and soy. Soft and lightly sweet malt presence sets the table nicely for the spiced elements. The texture is rather thin, but not flat. Finishes with a welcome medium bitterness. An interesting and well crafted potpourri of a beer, which truly does invoke holiday visions. Incidentally, I believe this is the oldest beer I've ever sampled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14398) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
12oz bottle í96 Vintage (Old Notes)-Pours a dark brown with a decent sized tan head. Aroma of spices, caramel, and malt. Taste of the same. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth on those cold nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (784) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 3, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish-brown with a brown head. Taste nutmeg, cinnamon, spicy. I thought this was so so. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
stantheman (682) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from 6 pack bought at Liquor Barn in North Burnaby. Iím not real big on most herbal/spice ales, as most I find rather weak, but this one is a pleasant surprise.

Pours very dark, a bit translucent, with a medium golden head. Nose is sweet and spicy. Taste is of cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps a bit of clove, and of course there is caramel in the background.

Very nice for type!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Leini (1097) - SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2013
330ml bottle, 2012 edition. Sold as "Christmas Ale" in Sweden. Dark brown body with a 2cm thick head. Cloves, peach, syrup, chocolate and spices that remind of Fernet-Branca. Dry ending, almost sandy, with a touch of mint. Since I donít like Fernet Iím struggling with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeremyh70 (831) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Clear brown with ruby highlights. Big pillowy off white head with good lacing. Aroma of sweet root beer with some herbal spicing. Ginger and some nutmeg taste with a vegetal flavor and bitterness that has a hint of pineyness in finish. Dry with moderate carbonation and moderate mouthfeel. Not my favorite Christmas beer because of vegetal taste and bitterness. Wanted it to be less dry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Lukaduke (2469) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2013
1997 vintage.... probably a bit to long in the cellar. Poured a flat brown mahogany color with no visible head. Aromas are faint malts with caramel and herbal touches. On the palate its flat watered down cola... nothing else. Just taste like a cup of cola left sitting for a day full of melted ice....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rvhouten (13) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2013
A complex spicy winterbeer. Although this is a dark beer, it is easy drinkable. Well balanced. Cinnamon, pine and a hint of roasted malt. Aftertaste reminds me of bayleaf.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresyourball (528) - El Cajon, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
On tap at Vine Cottage in La Mesa. Pours ruby-brown with almost no head, and smells like cinnamon and spices. Flavor is spices, toffee, chocolate, fruit, bread. Watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2800) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
2012 Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Extremely dark brown with ruby red highlights. Sarsaparilla, blackcurrant, vanilla and orange blossom? flavours with chocolate and a sweet floral hoppy finish.

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