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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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2004
Bottled. Interesting variety, not your standard overspiced holiday beer. Seems like a porter base, with a taste of cinnamon, ginger, pine, and bits of wild cherry or sour apple. Brown body with red highlights, brown thin head. Leaves some sticky to lick your lips to. Not fantastic, but still very nice.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Very dark brown beer. Lots of brine sugar and some spices mix fairly well with the oxidation. Better than I would’ve though!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle... Poured near black with a small head, mild lacing and retention. A bit of oxidation in the aroma which was soon masked by earthy, herbal, and baking-like spices. Similar in flavor but missing depth and sweetness to pull it through. A hint if soy sauce with brown sugar too. Along the lines of other vintage Anchor Christmas Ales I have had, but I have had some from the late 90s that were even better than this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (2820) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
How: Bottle.
Where: Shared at home.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a white head.
Aroma: Malt, dried fruit, chocolate.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Spices, fruit, caramel. Rather bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauritsio (378) - FINLAND - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle 2012 edition bought from Alko Hyvinkää. Sweet burned and herbal aroma. Bitter burned taste. Coca-cola vegetable flavour. Some taste from gammal dansk. Have to run buy more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle brought over and shared by Doug on Christmas along with a ’89 and ’09, thanks
Appearance: Hazy dark brown with a small tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, bitter chocolate and spices
Taste: Toasted malts, some sourness and spices
Decent, compared to the others you could taste the similarities. This one was heading the same direction as the ’89

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (5798) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle shared with Craig Christmas 2011. Pours a black color with a large brown head. The aroma is a odd sour and spicy nose, some oxidation. A sweet spicy flavor with some metallic sourness and bitter prune. Almost like unripe fruit and also overripe fruit! Bitter pine. Not my thing, interestingly this is very much like the 1989 I had heading that way for sure. Both has sourness and metallic flavors that were not pleasant. Drinkable, but odd.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVHouseofBeer (791) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Maybe a bit too long to cellar, this beer still offered a wonderful bouquet of yuletide flavors that left me grateful to try the beer and mucho thanks to my xmas party host. Poured from a bottle with a small off-white head and midnight-burnt sienna body, the flavor was on-point for an 8 year old brew. Nicely developed caramel and ginger notes mixed well with the noticeable spruce hints to create what I consider a full bodied beer (rare given the style). If you are lucky enough to try this beer, don’t complain if it isn’t what you expected. Just be gracious for the offering, remember the season, and enough what is a delightful winter/Christmas beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (5995) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pour out of bottle is dark reddish with thin white head, aroma has notes of caramel, pine, mint and spruce notes, touch of hints of spice in there with a touch of faint molasses. Taste is a really strong minty and pine, spruce tip presence, touch of molasses and slight dark fruit, finishing fairly clean and sweet. A bit weird but ok.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle @ Bull & Bush Christmas tasting. Dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Spruce, piney, minty, caramel, toffee aroma. Minty, piney, sprucey, moderately oxidized, caramel/toffee malty flavor. I prefer the 2004 vintage slightly better but this one was ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5219) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle vintages 2000-2006 shared at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting. The 2000 and 2001 were by far the best - very interesting how this beer has aged especially considering the low alcohol to begin with. Aroma of the older years is full of prune, fig, raisins, and molasses. Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses and some spices. Pretty similar to the 2002 vintage.


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