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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a few scant bubbles around the edges. Sweet and malty on the nose, soft toffee, a touch of spices. Sweet and malty, oxidized with some plum and prune notes, lots of prune. Tangy on the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4563) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Consumed 11.08.2011. Poured a dark brown color with a very tiny, almost non-existent, wispy head - carbonation still exists, but is mellow. Aroma has also mellowed quite a bit but retains signature notes of spices. Very sweet. Complexity is fading a bit, but itís pretty enjoyable, even today. Canít wait to try this one up against the next vintage.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) medium ruby brown pour, ring of dark tan head. Nose of pine, spices, malt balls, and chocolate wafers. Taste of biscotti and unsweet rye bread, medium bitterness, mildly un-carbonated, with a dry bittersweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Dark reddish brown pour with a decent amount of tan head (especially considering how old this bottle is). Aromas of spice - nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor is more of the same, very spicy and Christmas-y.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Clear dark color that turns cherry red when held to the light. Aroma is Ginger spice and nutmeg that is not as intense as the 2002. Flavor is dry and bready with a slight bit of spices. Winter spices for sure. Finishes easily enough.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with reddish hues and a one finger khaki head that fades to nice swirls. The aroma is sweet honey, caramel, winter spices, roast, and slight oxidative notes from the 7 years of age. The flavor is great. A little sherry-like from the age, but this works pretty well. Sweet honey and caramel malt, pumpernickel bread, toast, nutmeg, allspice, and slight anise. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, maybe just a tiny bit watery. This is another good vintage of this beer. Iím really not sure there is a bad one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Lots of cinnamon and pumpkin spice on the nose. Medium-bodied and malty with holiday spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and creamy chocolate underneath. Rich but light on the palate, and a bit short on the finish, but certainly festive.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle shared with and from madvike. Thanks Matt. Very complex and thats the only good thing I can say about it. All spice and something not good! Lots of spice and different flavors in there I am just not digging any of them. I thought a 1998 was bad, bull the 03 is no better.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (2696) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Bottle from JCapriotti...thanks Jason! - Pours dark brown with a small foamy off-white head. Nose is complex and spicy, with ginger, Christmas spices, molasses, brown sugar, and black licorice. Has some off-putting soy sauce nose. Super complex, but not my thing. Taste is less complex--malty and still with a soy sauce and licorice component. Fairly watery and limp. Odd.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010

2003 Vintage

4/29/2010: Anchor Our Special Ale 2003... Aroma: Aged fruit cake and cooked caramel with some clove, ginger, and maple poking out. Appearance: Deep maple color with a small, but mostly lasting beige head. Flavor: Caramel and licorice blended cooked raisins, golden raisins, and cooked chocolate pudding with some cocoa with subtle spicy quality (nothing distinct really jumps out); falls off a bit in the finish. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth. Overall: Quite good; itís surprising how well these hold up despite their relatively low alcohol content.

12 fl. oz. bottle (3OU) from IrishBoy via trade. Thanks Richard! Rating #333 for this beer.


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