Anchor Our Special Ale 2000

Anchor Our Special Ale 2000

Rated 3.445 by BeerPals

Brewed by Anchor Brewing Company

San Francisco, CA, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 171 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank4349
Overall Percentile91.9
Style Rank85 of 1270
Style Percentile93.3
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.667
Weighted Score3.445
Standard Deviation0.450

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  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.9 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Easily my 2nd favorite vintage of the 6 we tried. The aroma had the same classic OSA holiday spice, but there seemed to be spruce needles in the mix which gave it a nice earthy, piney character. I could also pick up some distinct tea characteristics too. Flavors had the spicy combo but there was some nice chocolate hints too which was a welcomed addition. Some light coffee notes were detected (strangely enough). Good stuff for being 7+ years old.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.6 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Vertical from 1996-2004. Ok now its getting better. For those who like the spices toned down grab this one. Just a hint of spice with the usual dark malt flavor. A nice mix of spice, caramel, chocolate. With this vintage Im beginning to detect the ginger, cinammon, and other spices. Not bad at all!

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 4.1 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Tasted as part of "O'Brien's Seven-Year Anchor Our Special Ale Vertical Tasting" event, 17JAN04.

    ~ From a 1,5L Magnum, 4-oz sample:
    Coriander is again the name of the game here. Quite lively in the mouthfeel, which only goes onto to emphasize the spices in this particular beer. Enjoyable, if perhaps vinous for some folks? taste buds.

    ~ Overall:
    Along with the `01, this was one my favorites of the bunch. Seemed to walk the fine line between being strictly ale-like in presentation, and wine-ish, like it's older brothers. A fine compromise, and surely close to the pinnacle of the beer's life cycle.:)

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.1 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Dark brown color, medium head. Spicy aroma (piney.. Spruce??) Roasted malts, nutmeg-ish. Full flavor, very complex. Interesting taste. Need to taste again after some bottle aging. Finish is a little harsh. Aftertaste is malty, slightly burnt malts.

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 3.3 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Poured a dark brown, red color with a small tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, pine and spice, though less than the 01. More dried fruits, roasted malt, and light chocolate. Even though they say they use different trees each year, they are all remarkably similar. Overall I think an OSA should be drank 2 - 3 years after bottling.

  • FLASHPRO 1175 reviews
    rated 3.0 23 years ago

    Aroma: 0 | Appearance: 0 | Mouthfeel: 0 | Flavor: 0 | Overall: 0

    I got two bottles of this from two different friends on the same day. The quality seemed good but it's not my kind of thing.

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