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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1958) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
Spiced winter beer, made with different ingredients each year and available from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The 2002 version had a beige, creamy, stable head and very dark burgundy colour, almost blackish. Strong and very inviting, elegant aroma of coffee, chocolate, cloves, cinnamon, citrussy hops and raisins, taste deep malty, lightly toasted and assertively, dryingly spicy, like a Belgian Christmas ale, dark fruits, long dry hoppy finish. Very complex and very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (10231) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
christmas tree in a bottle. pours a ruby-tinged black with a redish-off-white head. every year is different but similar. 02 was a good year. one of my favorite seasonals. orange peel, dark malt & fruit, a little spice. great silky heavier mouthfeel. good stuff."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Beautiful! Dark brown with reddish tint. Bubbly, frothy light brown head. Looks like cane sugar when first poured. Rich caramel maltiness under an interesting spice aroma that I’m still trying to put a finger on (mild sassafras???). Cola sweetness in aroma but any sweetness in flavor is offset by a hop bite and a mellow sour quality. The smell reminds of crisp, sprucy fresh winter air. Not quite like a York’s Peppermint Patty but I’m feeling the sensation. Woodsy, resin notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 Bottle: pours an opaque brown with a brown head. Sweet malt with dark roastiness that isn't overpowering. mouthfeel was surprisingly thin but I enjoyed that. Spruce?? me thinks yes. I brewed my own winter warmer recently and this is inspiring to be sure. NOTE: I had this beer after it was over a year old, so it may be much more subdued than the same beer in the previous ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Wow, nice brown sugar, spice, licorice, and a little pine in the flavor. Very smooth and velvety. Slightly better than the '03.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Mauld wine was the first thing that came to mind when I smelled this beer. It had a big nutmeg and wood characters on the nose and mouth. The pour was a deep brown w/ orangy finish and decent head and lacing. The mouthfeel was wet and medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Cellared bottle. Burnt umber pour (not ruby) with slight turbidity. Aroma of heavy roasty malt, spices, chocolate, and sibdued figs. Tastes like it smells, with some licorice hints in the finish. Very good.

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