Anchor Our Special Ale (2001 and earlier)

RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Our Special Ale, a dark, rich, heavily spiced ale with a recipe that changes with each passing year. - The enticing ruby color is topped by a dark creamy head that emits both malty and spicy aromas with ginger being a prominent one. The full body is matched with complex dry and spicy flavors that produce a nice favorable combination before finishing on the dry side.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
josh55408 (7) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
Pour from tap had little head. Smell like nutmeg, and taste like lots of nutmeg. Reminded me of toxicology class where i learned how bad nutmeg is for your liver. Or kidney? Anyway the flavor let some hop taste thru, and some sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vogt5059 (30) - Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2012
1994 poured out if a bottle Small tan head that lingers Nose is malty with hits of prune and fig Taste is slightly sweet, mellow, with a hint roast on the finish No hop aroma or bitterness Overall this beer has aged 18 years very nicely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
This beer says retired?? I had the Anchor Christmas Ale on draft at Mad Mex in Robinson. Black pour, small brown foam head. Aroma and taste of spices, ginger, heavy cloying sweetness, medium body. The spices really take over the brew, to me, it seems unbalanced. I know a lot of people enjoy this beer, its just not for me. Ignore my ratings on this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HeadyDE (792) - Delaware, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle 2012..pour darker than expected..fairly shocked by color and aroma..nose is quite intriguing with vanilla..pine tree..faint booze..bourbon undertone..shame that the taste is not on the same level as the nose..fairly bland and uneventful on the finish..thinner taste profile than expected..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2634) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
nice spruce flavor with some cinnamon. red spruce like berry flavor perhaps a cranberry a bit tart and somewhat juicy but refined into the taste pattern. mellow with some toffee in vanilla. charmingly appropriate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1143) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Aroma smells like gingerbread. Very dark mahogany black with a thin foam. Big ginger, resin and bread overtones. Some hops and caramel are noticeable in the back. Overall, its pretty straight forward. It literally taste like a gingerbread beer. Its basic, but good. Id give this a B- rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PlinyHarris (28) - - DEC 14, 2012
The ever-modified Anchor Christmas special came to me this year with a huge price tag, and was kept in far too cold a fridge. Not to be sampled below 9C as a rough estimate! The Brudenell didnt give me such luck this time and the complexity was therefore lost quite a bit, but hey you got licorice, pines and mulled wine spice blends. It just quickly left the palette at that temperature. Have geared the rating conservatively towards that potential, like the humourless person I am.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sjohnny (583) - - DEC 14, 2012
Cinnamon, vanilla and pine aroma. Pours a very deep very dark jewel red. Light tan head. Caramel, cinnamon and pine flavor. Medium to light bodied. Hint of pine and crisp bitterness on finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2012
On tap at Beer Temple as Anchor Christmas Ale. Poured dark with an off white head. Aroma of cinnamon over soft roast malt. Medium body, the cinnamon dominating the flavour (but not overpowering), some roast caramel malt and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with tan head. Milky chocolate and coffee aroma. Rich and smooth palate thins a bit at the back, but also supplies enough of a coffee-flavored bite to provide balance.

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