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Our Special Ale 2010 (Anchor Christmas Ale) by Anchor Brewing Company
Winter Warmer
5.50 % ABV


 
Review by duhast500 on 10/19/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Gritty's pint glass.

The color is very dark maroon with a finger of brownish foamy head and some lacing on the glass.

The smell is a little bit spicy with a nice mix of allspice and cinnamon as well as others. A touch of sweet malt flavor is coming out as well.

The taste is a little chocolaty with a sweet sugary flavor. There is a bit of a flavor like snowcaps with a touch of honey. There is a ginger flavor floating throughout this beer and it hits all four corners. Spiced just in a way that is spins around my taste buds, I am really pleased with this beer. The best I have sampled.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but is full on spicy with many sweet, poppy flavors coming out from everywhere.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 11/03/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
2010 OSA uses 'Ginkgo Biloba' which is also known as Maidenhair or "Living Fossil" as it is believed to be one of the oldest lineage of trees on the planet and grow just about anywhere that is well drained.

Pours a nicely glowing umber to settle mostly black in the glass. A finger high crown of firm creamy light tan foam builds on top before simmering down to patchy skim and a solid collar ring.

Aroma is dark and gingersnappy with some partial molasses, dates, chocolate rum coconut forest cake, and vanilla touched of mint and fresh black spruce. Another fantastic nose from the OSA series that screams Seasonal spiked fruit cake.

Taste is a mild toned display of milk chocolate and ginger spiced cream. Slightly rummy coconut and molasses slim out the center as a slimmer minty glossyness emerges over the top with a slow dance of sprucey floral pine mingles into a fluffy light drying finish of wood and vanilla. Faint minty wamrth remains super late way in the back of the palate.

Body is clean, creamy, dark, malty, and slick, with a slight fluffy pull of carbonation and dryness across the top that adds a nice level to its depth. Somehow warming, but not boozy, I'm figuring its from the combo of spices that create it? However it does that, is quite exhilarating and shows the craft envolved in this Seasonal wonder from Anchor.

Anchor OSA is always a must to seek and drink every year just to see what tree is used and experience how it varies. Always sublte and complexing. This years' version is another keeper of crafty wonderment. Gone in no time flat. Looking forward to picking up a magnum later this week.

Served In: Pint Glass

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