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Anchor Our Special Ale (2004)



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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (1062) - USA - DEC 13, 2004
Dark red appearance with a lingering tan head. Taste is dominated by malts and a little spice flavor. Not too thick, but fairly easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lopisar (241) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
Dark brown with light tan head. Dried fruits and banana. Spicy taste with banana. Good balance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TychoJames (461) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
Flaska från systembolaget. Mörk mörk brun kulör med stort ljusbrunt skum. Doft av russin och mörk sirap. Möjligtvis lite soja. Bitterbesk med rostad smakgrund. Julkryddor och kavring. Lättflytande vätska med lagom kolsyra

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senap (445) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014 Svagdricka? Ganska söt och bra fyllighet. Något drag av granbarr/enbär? Det ger den där beskan som ligger sent i smaken.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"this was one of the first years i really started getting into this beer (2002-present) and i remember the first three being the best, although it’s close every year. the quintessential American Christmas ale."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (592) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep, dark brownish hue with a nice, 2 finger frothy head. S- Sweet, brown sugar notes, hints of raisin. T- Lots of roasted malt, hints of sweet brown sugar that fade off into nothingness. M- Thin with low/medium carbonation D- This may be past it’s prime. Looked and smelled great but carbonation was a little low.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4740) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
How: Bottle.
Where: Shared at home.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Spices, dried fruit, raisin.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, spices, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1046) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
Aroma: pleasant christmas spices like nutmeg and cinnamen Taste: Rich malt flavors with great hop balance, spicey tastes throughout Appearance: Very dark clear amber body with thin white head with somewhat less retention

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
charlotte (4683) - rødovre, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle.Dark reddish colour with no head.Aroma is sweet and spicey with flavor of Christmas spices and raisin,prun and sweet Warming alc.Mild with hint of Wood and sweet caramel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewMstr (129) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2013 version. Dark, spiced, and distinctive. Fruit undertones, but muted. Slightly bitter though without significant hop presence. Good Christmas season ale whatever the occasion!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for this bottle. Pours ruddy very dark brown with a tan head that never made it. Aroma is smoky, rosemary, prune. Med body or nearly. Flavor is aged, wood, with what I’d call dried rosemary twig. Pretty woody. Suspect many aromatics have departed. Drinks well. Not excessively oxidized. Still has a touch of herb tang.

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