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Anchor Our Special Ale (2003)



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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3205) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, 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; it’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13587) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured a clear reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex sweet spicy aroma. Medium body with a sticky smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy spicy sweet flavor with a moderate to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9110) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
12 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Thanks Craig! Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, some maple, generous amounts of holiday spices (especially given the age) and some oxidation. The flavor has more sweet caramel malt, holiday spices, roast, smooth chocolates and some light fruitiness. It surprises me that this ages well being a smaller beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2010
Bottled. Poured deeper cola brown with a short, splotchy cap of beige head. The aroma picked up well-reduced, sweet molasses, maple, and caramel spiced up by nutmeg, cinnamon, and ashy smoke.. syrupy impression with great complementary spicage.. I’m not the biggest fan of OSA, but this drew me in. The flavor found more of the molasses and maple, with smoky, dry-roasted chocolates extending outward.. warm darker spices around that left a long, scratchy impression on the finish. Medium-bodied and increasingly spicy as it warmed up.. dry, too.. really well made, and it held up superbly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle 12fl.oz.
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, vintage malt, dried fruit, light to moderate oxidide. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, light oxidide. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100314]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (15575) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2010
Bottle @ Copenhaniacs Tasting Pt 1. Pours dark brown with a small creamy off white head. Nose is caramel, liquorice, dark fruit and glogg. Flavor is chocolate and spices. Smooth and vinous. Vaguely oxidized. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Roasted, licorice, fruity, high malty, oxidation, dusty, chocolate, caramel, overriped fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11939) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
clear dark amber small smooth light brown head. old hops, spices, sweetness. flavor is roasted grains, coffee , dark bitter caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Clear red mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet and somewhat oxidated aroma with roasted malt, caramel. Sweet and oxidized flavour with roasted malt, overripe fruits, chocolate and caramel.

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