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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2002
51 oz Magnum bottle! Very dark brown/black with reddish highlights, and a huge orange/dark tan head. Aroma is of some spices but not overly done- enough to let some hops come through in the smell. Taste is very complex and spicy with some hops and good caramel malt flavors. Tastes better when it gets wwarm- the spices and hops come out. Very easy to drink- smooth and sweet. A very unique beer- could use even more hops however.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Wonderful chocolate ginger and spicey nose. Black with a big frothy head. It tastes like Gingerbread with initial tones of hops that leads to a dry nice bitter finish. Great and with the 2000 my favorite vintage of Anchor special Ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Dark, nearly black color. Rich, full, cocoa/tan head. Aroma:sizzles with flavor! Espresso, chocolate, a little anise, tons of cinnamon and nutmeg, others I can't quite get my nose into. Sweet and velvety. A charge in the mouth on first taste, great carbonation, easy texture, glorious flavors: this is utterly sublime! I truly feel Anchor's Our Special Ale the finest winter ale ever crafted. Screw Santa! This is the ultimate reward for the beer lover who's been good all year 'round. I'm also getting a little piney/juniper or other arboreal flavors in here. Did they start adding Christmas Trees to the boil? Works great with all the other flavors in there, but nutmeg-haters should stay away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Wow!! There is a ton of good things happening in a glass of Anchor Christmas Ale. The flavor in multi-layered. Beginning with a hop bitterness, followed by a malt sweetness, then burnt coffee and finally a dash of alcohol. This is a delicious brew.

   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2004
REALLY dark color (almost black) with some red twinges in the light. Nice tan head with really nice lacing. Aroma is more black licorice than anything else to go along with pine and all sorts of spices (mostly allspice?). I’m getting high just sniffing this stuff (reminds me of 5th grade). First sip is rich tobacco juice, cinnamon and as it warms a bit, vanilla. Sweet chocolate and mollasses. I swear if I keep drinking, I couldn’t possibly come up with the whole spice rack that Anchor throws into this nectar. Another year, another great beer. Thank you Anchor Brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Deep dark red color, large foamy head. Aroma is malty with nutmeg, clove and chocolate. A medium bodied ale, fraught with spices most noticeably nutmeg. Very warming, smooth taste. Perfect combination for a winter beer. Lots of flavor. If my memory is correct this year’s version reminds me of some of the late 80’s early 90’s vintages. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of nutmeg.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
This beer rocks. Rich spicey aroma. Notes of perfume, gingerbread, alcohol, baked apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, ah hell, lots more, but you get the idea. Liquid Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanuka, whatever!!!! Crystal clear deep ruby ale with a light brown, frothy head. Mostly diminishing with no lacing. Still, a beautiful beer. The flavor is malty and spicey up front. Lightly pungent and bitter on the backside. I also detect prunes. Excellent and interesting flavor. Lively carbonation. Full-bodied with a heavy and oily mouthfeel. Short, lightly tart, lightly bitter, herbal finish. Great Winter Warmer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Very interesting beer. The aroma is terrific - like a Christmas candle - very unique and refreshing. Strong malt and hop backbone to complement the holiday spices. Very interesting, and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2002
This is one of the darkest ales i have ever seen. It is not too hoppy and the spicy after taste is the perfect complement to cheese.

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