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Anchor Our Special Ale (2003)

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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.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2003
strong smell of nutmeg and cinnamon. very dark color. aftertaste of coffee which i don't particularly enjoy

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
11/24/03: Bottle.
Brown body with hints of red. Aromas of vanilla, Novocaine, salve and Band-Aids with some malt thrown in. Tastes include hops and dry-malt. There is a heavy medicine-like flavor: a combination of Novocaine, salve and Band-Aids. The finish has some vanilla and tea with a tinge of black cherry towards the very end. I am not a fan of this beer, although I do like the label.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Rated 11/23/04 Aroma: Caramel, Sherry and Spice aromas dominate with faint cinnamon. No hop. Appearance: Very dark brown, quickly disappearing head. Flavor: Some roast in the finish. No hop. Sweet malt with a tinge of sourness in the finish. Light spicing-may have faded. Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, carbonation adequate. Overall: OK beer. Nothing really stands out. Maybe if I had it fresher?

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle, 150cl. Dark, reddish colour with a light brown head. Spicy, sourish aroma. Nutty, spicy flavour.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2004
A little out of balance, but an enjoyable occasional ale. It was a heavier and darker than I remember last year's being. The spice was masked by the burnt. It could have used more hop and body malt.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Tasted 12/2004
Aroma: maybe some wax, burnt malts, soy sauce
Appearance: little lighter, same otherwise as 2002
Flavor: slight sweet grape flavor, some mossiness, really not a whole lot though
Palate: very smooth, slight malt aftertaste, lots of body

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
The aroma matches the taste perfectly. Grab one of those gummy coke bottle candies and suck on it; it's a cheaper version of the same thing. Overpoweringly sweet and soda-tasting, with some hints of other spices in there (mainly cinnimon and nutmeg).

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
dwyerpg (4486) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2003
A spicy aroma, cream-colored head. It tastes kinda watery until a rather strange finish. I'm not really a fan of this beer at all, but to be honest, I got it for free at the liquor store cuz some guy returned the whole case saying it was skunked. so, maybe it is.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2003
This beer poured a dark red color with a thin off white head. The aroma reminded me of a pine tree … but a little more sweet. The taste reminded me of the same thing … a pine tree. Which is what I should expect from a Christmas ale I guess. There was also some Clove and Cinnamon in the flavor ... possilbly some other spices. Not a bad beer, but the taste was not to my personal liking.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Taste shows definite signs of oxidation with heavy cardboard and celery notes present. If this is how these hold up over time, I’m amazed people are cellaring them.


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