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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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Next year I will forego getting an xmas tree and just put a small string of white lights around a six-pack of this excellent holiday offering-- which is becoming quite the holiday tradition for me! (Its better than caroling!) This strong, Pine-laced, porter-ish ale deserves to be served with a stilton cheeseburger with some thick steak fries. It is robust and beefy. Not too fruity, but a definite presence of nutmeg and allspice. Happy Holidays!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MPA (974) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
Bottle, rated April 29, 2016. Dark brown with decent beige head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, caramel, Christmas fruit cake. Sweet flavour which matches the aroma also adding some spiciness. A slightly bitter, malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2016
12oz bottle, thanks to phaleslu. Very dark brown red color. Thin ring of khaki head, good bits of lace. Really interesting toasty spicy nose. Interesting spice I can’t put my finger on, some chocolate in the nose. Surprisingly little oxidization, just a bit of soy, leather. Lighter body. Kind of mild slick texture. Light carbonation. Moderate sweet taste, kind of light dry. Really interesting experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2016
12 oz. bottle from dbsdelight - thanks again, Dan, for this well-rotted garbage! My oldest bottle is now something a year younger. Feels good. This one looks good on the pour- cloudy sort of mahogany brown with a small off-white head that settles into a ring and a little bit of film. The aroma is soy-heavy, with dark fruits, spice, earth, and dark malts. The flavor isn’t quite as umami-forward and tangy, with notes of earth, winter spices, cranberries, tobacco, toast, rusted metal, and wood. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and an earthy, mildly spicy, barely tangy mouthfeel. 12 years and it’s held up okay. Still interesting.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lopisar (249) - 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 (1077) - 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 (616) - 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 (10229) - 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 (624) - 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 (6764) - Huddinge, 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.

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