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Anchor Our Special Ale (2004)



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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This is the thirtieth special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is available from early November to mid January. The ale's recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. In ancient times, trees symbolized the winter solstice, when the earth with its seasons appears born anew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
evergreen0199 (2078) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle that I found in the back of my cupboard, originally bought at the Utobeer stand in Borough Market, London. Dark murky brown pour with a slight tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt and dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, malty, rather thin and dull maybe due to age. Perfectly acceptable but nothing to get excited about in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle. Poured a ruby reddish brown. Nose is caramel and port like. Some light carbonation. Fairly smooth but vinuous. Lots of dark fruit flavors with a sweet finish. Possibly past it’s prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours to a deep brown body with a nice tan head that mostly but not fully dissipated. The aroma is earthy and twiggy with some ginger and cinnamon. Subtle milk chocolate. The flavor is smokey and earthy with twigs and subtle chocolate. The palate is medium bodied with some sweet earthy overtones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4263) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2009
2004-12, bottle, Göteborg AR: fudge and hops AP: dark amber body, low steady head F: christmas spices, fudge and hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2009
12 oz. bottle - thanks nugget; dark rosy brown with spotty white head; rich, deep bodied with nutty, spicy and bready aromas; malty, nutty and dry; quite nice with lots of spice, nutmeg, cloves

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
On tap, 2004 keg. Pours with a creamy tan head and a slightly hazed amber brown body. Decent lace. Aroma of dark toffee, caramel, coffee and light spice (very light for an OSA). Flavor of dark fruits, spice, coffee grounds (light) bitter dark caramel and light oxidation papery notes. Rounded fruit notes. Medium bodied, creamy mouth, medium to high bubbles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsjay (54) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
cloves, spices, malt, caramel, chocolate, candy, the perfect stocking stuffer!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zizzybalubba (1450) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2010 Magnum shared at Logan’s 2009 pre-GABF Party (2004 version as listed here). Light brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of nutmeg, brown sugar, and, surprisingly, alcohol. Slightly sour flavor with still cinnamon and nutmeg. If that doesn’t sound very good to you it’s because it isn’t. Thin bodied. I remember really liking some of the OSA’s when they were newly released but I just don’t think this has held up well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2009
(bottle) Pours out a dark murky brown with a light beige head that leaves a ring around the snifter and stays. Aroma is strong of cola, ginger snaps, light spearmint, rye, and a bit of brown sugar too. Further warming results in this beer bearing an uncanny resemblance to JP/Stone/Nogne Holiday Ale. Taste has hints of dark fruits, brown sugar, cola, and dries out to a nice finish of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Everything is fairly subtle at first, but as this warms up, the rye really shows up in the finish, yielding a big rye bread taste. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is smooth. Oddly enough, for this being 5 yrs. old and of a low ABV, there is no presence of oxidation. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poolboy (66) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Dark brown with off-white head. Tastes of molasses, ginger, and toffee. Malty aftertaste. A good Christmas ale.

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