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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6074) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2009
12-oz., courtesy the exceptional generosity of Nugget. Thanks, man! Pours a dense-looking, opaque dark brown with a hale and hearty creamy tan head up top. Luscious head like that after 5 years? Well done, Anchor. These guys never let you forget what a fine job they always do. The nose on this is intensely spicy, dark and sprucey, very christmassy; the perfect combination between christmas trees and spicy christmas sweets. Almost perfumey, but in an inviting way. Creamy medium body, still showing a pleasant carb to it. Notes of wood, dark and sweet spices for sure, brown bread, and caramel on the mid-palate. Mild finish. Awesome, awesome beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Tap at Falling Rock. Not as dusty or as thick as the Jubelale 2005 I recently had, but much the same flavor profile. Dark fruit, syrup, toffee, and a rather sharp astringency at the end to balance things abruptly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
2003, consumed during our 2002 to 2006 vertical Dec. 2008. Pours dark hazy brown with mocha head and a bit of cobweb lacing. The aroma has that aged molasses, spices, toffee and hints of chocolate that seems smooth and blended. The taste is very smooth and silky with chocolate, molasses, some malt roast and smooth blunted spices. I get a consistent background of rich dark fruitiness. This as aged wonderfully.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6588) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
courtesy of our man Dave. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of clove, cinnamon and other Christmas spices. Taste, spices and molasses with light chocolate malts. Some orange peel and caramel come top the whole exquisite taste. Sad to see this rare bottle gone, but it sure did age well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark brown caramel color with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of caramel, honey, spice, pine, hints of toffee and cinnamon. Flavor is also malty and sweet with dark sugar, sweet plum, raisin and prune notes with a slight hint of fresh orange. Interesting. Some cinnamon and clove spiciness as well. Generally medium body with a sweet and malty finish. This bottle has also aged well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4427) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours a cola brown with an off white head. Aroma is cinnamon, spice, plum, nutmeg, cloves, and all kinds of flavors that you need to experience. Flavor is similar with Christmas flavor- malty, warm, and spicy. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2611) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Thanks to Paiste2002 for this stellar bottle. Pours a blackish red with a thick tan head. Hug cinnamon, nutmeg and honey aroma, just intoxicating and makes you think of the holidays. Big cinnamon nutmeg malt body with a spicy bitterness, not as amazing as the aroma. Very fragrant and tasty, has held up very well and a great treat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and garthicus, via trade with irishboy. Deep ruby-brown with a lasting frothy off-white head. Aromas of nut oil, sweet roast, mint, herbs spice and molasses, somewhat dry. Tastes the same, very smooth, noticeably spicy and ’’Christmas’’y. Pleasantly silky mouthfeel, very well balanced between roastiness and spice - the was terrific stuff, hardly seemed 5 years old.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5970) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Wow, thanks for sharing this Harry! Pours a very deep ruby-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of rye, dark fruit, spices, chocolate and light hops. Very nice flavour of lightly roasted malt, rye, dark fruit, light spices and light hops. Average bodied. Man, has this ever held up well -- great stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
magnum bottle opened at Houston BA Tasting. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Nose is of spice and roasty malt. Taste is the same roasty malt and spice, but also has some nuttiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium-to-thin.


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