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Anchor Our Special Ale (2004)



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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Appearance: Nearly clear, deep crimson coloring, shining ruby bright around the edges, beneath a most attractive cookie-ish cushion of foam, toasted tan, creamy and inviting. Aroma: yeast and malt are thrust forward, matched well with spices, and sweet toffee-ish, cookie-and-cake associations. Sweetness, but not cloying. gingerbread, raw cookie dough, cinnamon, ...more will enter my mind, as we turn to the Taste: Full in the mouth, massive, malty mouthfeel, very tasty and smooth. Finish hangs in there for a while, leaving traces of ginger and clove, creamy and just about lush. Thoruoghly satifying texture, richly rewarding flavor. I’m usually pretty content with this beer from year to year, even overjoyed at times, but this one will probably get more purchase from me than usual. Definitely the best winter warmer I’ve had so far this season, and it could still be beaten, but I doubt it. Really does the trick!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 On Tap. Dark brown with a frothy brown head. Strong aromas of caramel and pine. Smells almost like a Christmas tree. Many different flavors show up; pine, caramel, coffee, pumpkin pie spices, and even some sweet fruitiness. Nice hoppy finish with more of the piney flavors. This beer tastes like Christmas. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2004
MMM, nice beer. Aroma smells like christmas spices and gingerbread cookies. Tastes the same, and a bit sweet. Easy going down. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Bottle. Dark mahogany with a fluffy beige head. Nose: licorice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, coffee, prunes and raisons. Flavor: nutmeg, coffee, chocolate, walnuts, hazelnuts and cinnamon. A yummy dark holiday fruitcake in a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2005
Bottle. Delicious. Fantastic aroma and flavour. Spicy christmas cake and chocolate flavours/aromas, smooth round palate, with an extrememly long finish. Spicy, hoppy finish, really well balanced. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 18, 2005
Very beautyful appearance, dark mahogany coloured and a big foamy cappuccino-like head. Complex aroma with many hints of pine, spices, dark dried fruits and roasted malt. Flavour is spicy again with a nice licorice finish. Light body and very drinkable. I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2005
12z bottle. So I’m going through a bunch of Anchor 31st cases, when I come across something different. This tree is completely different than the others. What a serendipitous discovery. And of course, I bought the whole case. Anyway. Opaque hue with a lingering tan head. Raisins and pine in the nose. Fruitcake, bread, plums, slightly vinuous, sugar and spices. Wonderful beer! Just as good, if not better than I remember (which was a magnum last new year’s eve). Terrific oily, full body. Thick rich coffee flavor that turns into a sherry, port sweetness, and wrapping it up in a resinous, piney, chocolate and raisins lingering flavor. Toasty. Pruny. Jammy. F’N’A.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (556) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Deep red color with generous tan head. Spicy pine aroma with citrus and ginger aroma. Chewy palate though bit flat. Smoky roast flavor with orange, ginger and crisp hopiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nordcore (1317) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle 33 cl. Label Merry Christmas 2011. Black with a large lightbrown head. Aroma of nice christmas spices(carnation), gløgg, chocolate, grapes and plumb. Nice sweet taste with a soft spices end, best christmasbeer i have had, waiting 1 year was worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2015
Black with red notes. Thin beige-brown head. Berry nose with notes of wood, vanilla, juniper, chocolate, some malt, pepper, hops and grass. Chocolate flavour with notes of cream, spices, berries, cigar and wood. Bitter and round with long finish.

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