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Anchor Our Special Ale (2002)



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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Yup, itís heavily spiced. I donít think my spice cabinet even has all the stuff I tasted in this one. Iím still not really sure how I feel about this one...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Tannish pink head. Deep ruby-garnett brown hue. Nutmeg, ginger, vanilla nose. Light footed, sweet first. Spices are very nicely balanced, light caramel accents, vanilla, nutmeg, cranberry, chocolate overtones, and lingering bittterness in the finish, almost perfumey. Terribly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 2, 2002
either is this vintage more balanced than the 2001 or my appreciation for those spices has changed - dark ruby-brown colour, no head, deep ginger and nutmeg aroma with vanilla notes, sweet and tart with an incredibly long spicy and bitter finish - this beer is really something special and it smells like christmas ... and Iím still not sure if I like it or not !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Dark, slightly reddish color. Sudsy-looking pour and sloshing. Spicy nose but less prominent than their í01. Very complex and interesting flavor: Spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, and some hints of pumpkin pie as it warms, as well as pine needles. Nice taste! I want more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma mostly malty (caramel and roasted malts), THEN spice (nutmeg or mace) and a little yeast. Sweet beginings with relatively little else. Roasted malt, chocolate, and grapefruit bitterness in the finish. A little light on the flavor towards the front. However not as spicy as other ratings here would lead you to believe. There are spicier brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2547) - GERMANY - DEC 1, 2002
Fresh, spicy nose. Complex taste profile that is well balanced: hinst of nutmeg, licorice and pine. Sharp initially, then a slightly hoppy bitter finish like ginger ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 30, 2002
2002 bottle-not my style really, but a very good beer to try for the holidays-probably the most spicy winter warmer out there. This is something different from the hoppy offerings from the company-kinda tastes like the porter thined a little with added spice-same maltyness as the porter, just not as thick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Slightly roasty aroma. Roastiness comes through in the body and finishes dry. Spices are a bit harsh but should mellow with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Juniper and nutmeg like aroma, a lot of spices. Very winter-type brew, some coffee in there too. Dark blackish/brown with brown head. Thick feeling. Spices come through with a bit of bitterness and dark malts. I think I like this so much because it reminds me of my homebrew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2002
Dark burgundy colour, very unusal for a beer. Thin but firm beige head. Then I put my nose to glass and wooooow someone put a whole spiceshop up my nose. So I put the glass down and tried to find the name for that dominant spice. Hmmmm, a bit peppery, and very herbal... aah NUTMEG. And alot too. The amount of nutmeg used in this one must be equal to the amount of Cascade hops that North Coast BC uses in their beers. But after a couple of minutes other things start appearing. A certain floweriness, citrus, basil, licorice, wood and the all familiar meringue aroma. So the flavor is a bit of a dissapointment when it is totally owerpowered by nutmeg that wonīt go away. But it is also fruity, flowery, dry with hints of meringue and a quite big bitter finish. Even some cloves eventually find their way to the tastebuds. As always a worldclass beer but a bit less refined than the 2001 vintage. The final question is: Why does my seasonal beer reviews always become half novels ?

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