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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1957) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2011 Transferred from old tasting notebook. 2001 vintage into standard pint glass. Poured an opaque mahogany color with chill haze and thick, creamy, long-lasting beige foam, some nice Belgian lace. Rich aromas of the holidays: Christmas trees, baking bread, toffee, coffee and cream, chocolate, plums, tart fruit. Flavor is dark malty-sweet, caramel, roasty and nutty, molasses, maple. Medium-heavy body, well-rounded "chewy" mouthfeel, lasting fruity aftertaste. Delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (7467) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Bottle. Brownish colour with a small tan head. Caramel and toffe nose. Sweet caramel flavour with some roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2011
5.5ABV Dark Brown opaque with ruby red tinge, tan head and decent lace. 3 Rich nutmeg, cinamon, caramel, grassy, citrus hops 8 Med-light body, med-light bitterness. 8 F 4 lingering malt complexity. Toffe coffe mocha o 17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Thanks to bmanning for opening this. Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark cola-colored brown with a thin off white nose. Nose brings forward a good amount of fairly sweet malt along with some pine and general spice. Taste brings together some sweetness with a bit of bitter spice. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but has held carbonation fairly well. Drinks quite nicely, and is one of the vintages that has inspired me to attempt to make a Christmas tradition out of OSA verticals. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-07-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Die_Kapusta (191) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2011
Dark brown caramel color with a cappuccino colored head. Aroma is soft gingerbread cake, fudge and hazelnut liquer. Taste is juniper berry. cloves, herbs, wood, slight sourness, pumpernickel, cough sirup and spruce leafs. Christmassy and refreshing. Light to medium body. Moderate bitterness. Sour and roasted notes in the aftertaste. Perfect for christmas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (23973) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
2nd February 2008
1994 botltle! Very dark brown ale. Doesnt smell great! Not too bad in the mouth. Porterish with a slighlty spicy finish. Okay but clearly past its best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tkrjukoff (4331) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2010
Pours dark brown with ruby tones. Small tanned head leaving nice lacing. Aroma is spicy of ginger and cinnamon and bitterorange, malty and some licorice. Very nice. Spicy mouthfeel. Acidy, fruity and spicy flavor. Acidy sour and spicy palate. Finishes short with hoppy and spicy aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
damzz (489) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 Pours a dark, real dark, opaque dark, lovely opaque dark. Im okay; moving on now. Head is slight light brown with minimal lacing with both quickly receding. On the palate, the spices come on fast in a medium body with a malty sweetness - slight - followed by a bitterness that is well balanced against the sweetness. This is like drinking a sourdough dark pumpernickel (huh?) with cloves and cardamon and a hint of orange peel. It is a great drink. Remembering why and ultimately for whom this brew was created: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
I enjoyed this at Delilahs 12th annual Winter Beer Tasting in Chicago, IL. From what I remember of this one, it was rather sweet with a bubble gum like aroma, which right now sounds a bit weird but while sampling it, it did smell like bubble gum. Perhaps the spices and malt matured in such a way that it became rather sweet. Not bad though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rgray81 (7) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 10, 2010 does not count
This beer caught me by surprise. Nice dark color with very little head or lacing. I notice a toffee and spice flavor and with a roasty aroma. Very matly and with some spice notes. Good beer overall.

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