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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tmoreau (3759) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Shared 12 oz. bottle, poured to snifters showing a deep mahogany hue, with some tan head foam that diminished immediately to bubbly film and a thin ring, with only some leggy spots decorating the glass. The nose was a hint of teriyaki, and dark fruit. Light to medium bodied, with no effervescence, the taste was dry, with a hint of soy, and a fairly indistinguishable, washed out flavor. Didn’t cellar well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
scoobyluv (511) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
edden (925) - 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.

   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?

   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 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.

   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.

   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

   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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
dwyerpg (5683) - 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.

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