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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2003
This beer makes me feel like god loves me. Thats no joke, the combination of this beer and the holiday season was a religious experience to me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Bottled. The rating is high, but, you just can’t beat Anchor for a great seasonal X-mas brew...at least U.S. brews. This deep reddish-brown version is full of roasted malt, lightly hopped and spicy. Rich and smooth with flavors and aromas of cider, bananas, raisins, honey and lotsa nutmeg. Not as assertive as last years, which I had on tap. Great beer in the spice/herb category.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Found some 2002 on the shelf at a liquor store yesterday, and while it was really dusty, I decided to give it a shot. Much better than it was last year, I think it improved with age. Dark burgandy with a lasting tan head, nose like sticking your head in a spice drawer. Rich in texture and complexity, starts with a roast flavor and ends with hinds of clove and cinammon. Really, really, good.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2004
1.5 liter bottled,shared and toasted to bring in the New Year..Dark brown in color with a large off white dense foamy head.A year old and the aroma was as spicey as I could have imagined a beer being freshly brewed two weeks earlier.Woody,pine/spruce and other trees? Essence of cinamon,giner,maybe some pepper or cloves.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Ages fairly well. Dark mollases color. Sweet date, cherry pie aroma. Very full bodied with the sweet fruit flavor. Spices blend well together. Nice sharp bitterness at the end. All around great, enjoyed in the summer as well in winter.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Pours dark brown with a large (two fingers thick) tan head. Still a lively beer after 4 years cooling its heels. That head is quite lasting and creamy with just a bit of craggy surface. The aroma consists of cloves, rum cake, nutmeg, mace and hints of other unidentifiable aromas. Very intruinging and inviting aroma. <P> Fore is sweet rum cake followed by a range of spices and some cocoa, chocolate, caramel, burnt/roasted grains and a hearty baked pumpernickle finish that yields a dry sweetness in the far finish. For a 5.5% abv beer this stands up AMAZINGLY well to 4 years of age. The palate gets a touch watery in the finish and is the only real negative, but it’s not crazy thin. Damn nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Part of a verticle tasting (97-00, 02-06) Deep ruby hued. Spicy nutmeg aromas. Strong and zesty. Nutty with a good cocoa flavor. Lively with a good hop profile. Piney sticiness. Slight port nuance. Long and lingering. Relatively, this was the old of the newer. Still retained alot of its original components, but was on the brink of evolution. In my opinion, I caught this brew at its zenith!

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1847) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Had this beer on 12/3/2002. Color is a deep rich solid brown, no light comes though. Good carbonation and thin head. Taste is rich and very spicy. WOW. Starting with a medium body that goes down with a strong spicy feel. Finish is almost too much to explain, full of coriander and spicy with a nice roasted taste. This is far more flavor than they or anyone else has put into a charismas brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Dark mahogany colored ale with a long lasting white head. Very nice aroma showcases notes of fruit cake, vanilla, nutmeg and mint. Flavor is very nice and brilliantly balanced. Notes of cinnamon, pine, juniper and fruit cake. Very nice body to it and well as a nice finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Anchor Brewing Company Our Special Ale--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.35% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark bronze black red color. Mild lacy tan head. Nutmeg malt spice toasted floral hop front. Sweet burnt piney spicy rich dry cherry caramel body. Cloying sweet spicy roasted nutmeg mild hop end. Sampled 1/12/2003.


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