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Anchor Our Special Ale (2002)



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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Our Special Ale, a dark, rich, heavily spiced ale with a recipe that changes with each passing year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours a deep brown with ruby tones. Head is finely bubbled tan. Aroma is lightly xmas spice. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is toffee/treacle, cinnamon, and malt. It is very smooth. Very integrated. Some hot bits in the finish. Quite flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2009
50 oz. bottle found at Bottleworks! Holy crap...I canít belive this was at Bottleworks. Glad to have tried this one. $25 for a 50 oz. Nice off-white head that fades away to a thin head, but the head is a nice off-white brownish head. Great looking beer! After 7 years, I am glad this thing still carries as much carbonation as it does. Dark brown almost black in color. Nice looking ber I must say. Very malty with a slight spice aroma. The aging has had an effect on the spices. Again, for this beer the time hasnít destroyed the spices. Spices come out more as the beer warms, but that malt has had a nice amount of time to develop and add a great flavor along with the spices. Wow, I canít belive I was able to try this. Actually, I keep drinking this and the beer warms up this thing still has a fair amount of spice in the flavor but not in the aroma. The spice seems a bit more mature. A carbonated beer for its age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a deep hazy coffee brown with a 2 finger tan head that left some spotty lacing. Nose was reminiscent of port wine with some sweet malts, toffee and a hint of coffee in the nose. good spice and toffee on the palate with a long finish that really stuck to the tongue. Very full bodied and bursting with flavor. My favorite of the aged Anchor X mas brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Nutmeg, coriander, allspice, treacle and bread nose. Almost salty on the palate with lots of spice and fruitcake notes. Clean lingering finish. Seems spicier that usual this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 4, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 Bottle at The Bruery, 2002 vintage, drank it December 2008, vertical with 2001 and 2008 vintages. Dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar. Taste is the same, malty and spicy, not quite as mellow as the 2001. Medium-full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
2002, consumed during our 2002 to 2006 vertical Dec. 2008. Pours dark hazy brown with mocha head and a bit of cobweb lacing. The aroma comes across as gingerbread cookie, molasses, hints of pepper and a whiff or two of caramel candy. The taste has a mix of concord grape jam, chocolate, hints of burnt molasses and smooth highly roasted malts. It ends with a bit of drying roasted malts and lingering sweet dark fruitiness. Very nice. Another one that has aged wonderfully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
courtesy of cigarcitybrew. Pours dark brown, tan head. Aroma and taste, had some fine herbal - pine hops and molasses with caramel malts. There was a spicy touch that is very similar to a peppery, possibly chiles undertone. After taste is spicy. This 2002 version matured very well, retained all of its components and more than likely gained a lot of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
2002 Bottle, although I also got 2001 and 1997 from the same place. Pours with a small, dark brown head and an opaque brown body. Aroma is really good with vinous qualities, brown sugar, port, molasses and currants. Taste is raisins and a bit oxidized with nuts, pine and sherry. A touch of cardboard. too. I think I like these better fresh as the last couple I have had, even as early as 05 are oxidized. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and seems to stick to the tongue in a sort of sickly way. Light bubbles. Still holds up well for a mere 5.5 percent bottled beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet caramel, phenol, slightl peppercorn notes. Flavor is malty and sweet with some caramel, pine and brown sugar notes. A slight spice note is present toward finish that turns slightly peppery at finish. Generally medium body with a malty and sweet finish. This bottle has aged well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Thanks retorp for the share. Still sweet and spicy after all these years. Aroma is caramel, candy sugar, spice, and malt. Lots of malt. Flavor is similar with some dark fruit and pepper towards the finish with a bready sweetness. Malty, mellow sweetness through the finish. Silky.

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