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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is oxidised and dark malty. Fruity, overripe, dark malty, slight spiced and lingering breadish flavoured. Slight citric and wooden finish.

   AROMA 9/10   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--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 5.35% ABV? (4.5 / 5.0) Thick.Light head. Clear burnt black red color. Spicy spruce nutmeg mild hop front. Roasted dry sweet burnt cherry spice smooth crusty body. Clean mellow burnt spice mild piney citrus hop end. X-Mass! Sampled 1/9/2004.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a brown color with a small off-whitehead. Has a spicy malty aroma with hints of caramel. Slightly roasted malty spicy pine flavor with hitns of caramel. Has a sweetish malty spicy pine finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours to a deep brown body with a very thin tan head. The aroma seems to be deeply malty with some mace and sweet cinnamon. The flavor has a lot of malt on the backbone with some earthy twigs and cinnamon. Earthen milk chocolate and perhaps ginger? The palate is medium bodied and easy to drink. Has a light note of tang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Aroma is strange, like Christmas and farts. Maybe some chocolate, but probably not. And some sugary sweetness. Taste is sweet spices, juniper, subtle hops, and sugary malts. NIce! Finish is sweet, a bit spicy-bitter, and that’s it. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsjay (54) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
You’d have to be a real grinch to get angry at their special ale. It’s a gift, don’t be ungrateful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours extremely dark with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet xmas spice. Very mellow. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor seems a bit evergreen, with lots of mouth coating stuff. Nuts. Maybe chocolate. Pretty malty, but something like juniper cuts that right down. Lots of spice. Xmas type stuff. Finishes somewhere between sweet and dry. Maybe ending with a mild toffee note. Complex as all heck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thedm (5794) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a opaque chocolate colored body. The aroma was brown malt chocolate and nutty. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of spices brown malt and herbal. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2009
2003 bottle courtesy of my Secret Santa. Pours murky brown with almost zero head. The nose is spice, tobacco but not as much as the 2000, and malt. The taste is dark fruits, spice, light chocolate and tobacco. Medium flat mouthfeel. I really dig these beers with some age on them. Thanks Wayne!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2009
12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. Thanks for hooking this one up Matt! Pours a deep, cloudy rusty amber color with a 2 finger beige head that left some spotty lacing. Nose was quite deep and complex, reminds me of a milder version of Sam Adams Triple Bock. Nose has that kind of BBQ, Worcestershire action to it. Flavor was very rich and really coated the tongue. A little different than I expected, then again, I never really expected to try this brew.....

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