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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (885) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 19, 2001
(RELEASE 2001) I wouldve scored this beer higher, but it seems to me that, while they claim the recipe is changed each year, its starting to change less and less each year! Flavor is strong. Hints of coffe/cocoa beans. Maybe some spruce. Velvet softness to the palate. The head was a beautiful rocky tan to it, for all of five minutes (if that). Great aroma. Always look forward to this coming out. Beverages & More seems to release before its supposed to!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2001
(2001 edition) Thick head that sticks around to the end. The usual pine needle aroma that this beer always has. Yet, this year, it doesnt show up in the mouth, thank god. Spicy, minty, a little bit of orange in the back. Lots of bitterness in the finish. This is the best that they have done IMHO. I am completely blown away by the complaints about this years.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2001
For 2001, apparently theyve added a ton of anise or some such thing. Tastes like a big stick of black licorice. Completely nasty. I dont know how I choked down the whole thing, or why (well, I did pay for it...). Its been good in the past, but this year they shot it all to hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 17, 2001
A nice holiday brew. all sorts of intersting flavors mingle together- the label claims ginger is an ingredient but the prevalent spice tastes were of cloves and nutmeg with traces of vanilla and a sweet honey aftertaste. This is beer to sip and enjoy after a meal. would get a hugher score if the hop tastes did not fade so quickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2001
The brewers description is very accurate. I didnt notice the ginger (this is the 2001 edition), but there was a spicy more like nutmeg aroma. The carbonation was a little excessive, but a few swirls in the glass (while I gathered the aroma) toned it down to my liking. There is a battle in the flavor between the hops and spices with the hops winning the battle in the finish. This beer is a little darker and offers deeper spices than something like Harpoons Winter Warmer which is a perky beer to me. I recommend it, although dont expect anything mind blowing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
joet (2595) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Vintage 2001: The beer pours a liberal and elaborate aroma of mint, cola, and nutmeg. The taste starts light with hints of chocolate and more spice and quickly hints of heavy, burned and body-slamming bitter. The finish is light, dry and clean except for lingering high hop notes. This beer is unbalanced, and medicinally herbal.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2001
Damn!!! That is some good beer. One of the best. 2000 edition.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2001
Saltiness in the head is a forewarning. Chocolate, caraway seeds, beef bouillon, or gin, depending upon whom you ask. Juniper berries and bark complete the picture. I guess it reminds me of Christmas, but I had to drink this a long time before it grew on me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gonzimodo99 (26) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2001
One of the more interesting holiday ales. From the first taste, you think it is going to be overpowering in its spiciness, but it mellows down quickly and becomes quite drinkable. Holds up in storage surprisingly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2001
2000 issue - dark and rich, almost stout-like, with a spicy hops and some other flavoring adjunct I could not identify. Hope 2001 is as good.

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