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Day #318 – Anchor Our Special Ale

November 15, 2011

This beer is one of the best Christmas beers out there, and I happened to stumble upon 2 different vintages. I will be sampling this from 2009 and 2010.

Anchor Our Special Ale

This beer is a spice beer, which is said to have been brewed with a differing recipe every year. However, as of 2005 the recipe has been so similar there is little to tell difference, save for the spice amount. 5.5% ABV.

Anchor 09
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This beer pours a dark ruddy brown color with a foamy off-white head. Appears rouge through the light.

Aroma is definitely spicy. Perhaps ginger is what I’m thinking, mixed with a soapy lavender scent? Smells Christmasy.

Flavor is spicy ginger, hops and leaves with a dry finish of old folks home. Like decorative soap. Interesting but I think the flavor is starting to fall off a bit.

Anchor 10

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This beer pours a dark ruddy brown color with a foamy off-white head. Appears rouge through the light.

Aroma has the same Ginger smell but it is far more subdued. Very interesting as I would have thought the spice would be stronger in the newer batch.

The flavor isn’t nearly as tasty as the 09. It only has a faint reminder of spice with an overly bitter root flavor. Not as good by far.

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