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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ungstrup (34708) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
A black beer with a reddish shine and a light brown though fast disappearing head. The aroma is weird of spruce, oranges, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and eucalyptus. The flavor is weird too with the same notes as the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled (thanks Degarth!). Deep amber colour, not much head. Aroma is spices, raisins some coffee and chocolate. Flavour is mildly oxidized, caramelly, quite hoppy and mild malts & raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Also in this year’s vintage the Anchor Christmas Ale is a very dark thing, close to pitch black. Nice, stable light brown head. Again with it’s burnt notes it reminds me a lot of a Stout, altthough not as dry. Spicy and pleasant and very quaffable due to the low alcohol. Perhaps slightly less character than last years brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23731) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2002
Bottled. Mahogany colour, little head. Hoppy, spicy aroma, rich on nutmeg. Rather sweet, but with clean malt profile and notes of chocoalate. Thorouhgly pleasant and complex with lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23393) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark amber colour with a tan head. Sweet malty spicy aroma. Dry and very spicy bitter flavor. Lots of pine flavor. Dry spicy finish with a nice bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
Brown color. Very nice aroma, mature: malt, caramel, phenol, sweet liquorice, nutmeg, nuts; harmonious and complex. But, as often happens with the Anchor Our Special Ales, the mouthfeel is too thin (dry, caramel, liquorice, roasted malts) and far from being impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Dark nut brown color, very small off-white head. Chocolaty, rye breadish "vintage aroma". Very coffeish, roasted flavor, some American hops. Liquerish, specially in the aftertaste. Loads of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2002
Very dark brown; aroma of ginger, toffee, spruce, nutmeg; intense flavour like eating a tree - acrid pine resin coats your mouth - molasses and thick dark malts also present. Interesting, but unbalanced

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14178) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Cloudy dark garnet, with minimal head. Aroma is weak piney/spruce. Taste is spruce/pine, malty, spicy and slightly sweet.

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