Anchor Our Special Ale 2006

Anchor Our Special Ale 2006

Rated 3.809 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Anchor Brewing Company

San Francisco, CA, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

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This is the thirty-second Our Special Ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ale's recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.

ID: 24319 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank521
Overall Percentile99
Style Rank4 of 1270
Style Percentile99.7
Lowest Score3.5
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.930
Weighted Score3.809
Standard Deviation0.337

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  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

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

    Bottled (2006 Vintage). Deep brown colour, mediumsized brown fluffy head. Aroma is caramel malts, plum,some sour wood as well as mild spicy notes. Flavour is sweet malts, some fruits, mild raisins and mild smoked sour wooden notes as well.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

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

    recent years have been a little heavier on the orange peel than i'd like, but this still is, was, and probably always will be, a great seasonal beer. another OSA winner.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

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

    I had this after Christmas, I hope that's alright. It pours out dark brown with a thin tan head, The aroma is complex and sweet with dark malt, and dark fruits. The flavour is sweet, and spicy, and very warming

  • DC11 103 reviews
    rated 4.0 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I held on to a bottle of this since Christmas, and now I thought I'd try it again for this review. The body is a deep brown color, with garnet-like hues around the edges. Respectable tan head that diminished to a relatively thin blanket. OK lacing. The aroma is very inviting, and it actually reminds me of a warm, spiced rum. Allspice, cardamom, nutmeg and clove come to mind, but really it's just an overall rum and gingerbread smell. And the flavor mirrors the aromas quite nicely, but add to that some instant coffee-like bitter notes. All in all, I'm really happy with this offering, and I'm definitely looking forward to what Anchor comes up next year.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.9 17 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a deep brown color ale with a ice off-white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted caramel malt with strange spice mix. Taste is mix between some roasted caramel malt bordering on chocolate with some strange spices which make this beer feel really different. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation. I’m thinking that this beer would probably benefit from some additional alcohol but it was very good nonetheless.

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 3.7 17 years ago

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

    Well, I just picked up a sixer of this brew my last beer run and I am looking forward to tasting the differences between this 2006 and the 2005. The aroma is very nice with the spices the first thing you experience and has profiles of nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some orange spritz, and gingerbread men and is very interesting and nice. The appearance is very dark but a rich and glowing burgundy-red to maybe some brownish overtones when held to the light with a small head on top when poured that is light-brown in color and diminishes to a light lacing that coats the glass nicely. The mouthfeel is nice and rather light-bodied with some nice and spicy complexity as well as pretty decent balance with a palate that is very wet-like but crisp and dry to some extent. The flavor is nice with tons of spices like nutmeg, gingerbread, cinnamon, maybe licorice and maybe some very faint chocolate with an aftertaste that is nice and once again spicy with maybe a tad more licorice and maybe a tad more chocolate malt showcasing themselves with a finish that is bitter to some extent and crisp and dry. Overall, not a bad brew here but I believe the 05' was a bit better but this year's offering would be nice after a few months of cellaring and mellowing out a bit. I like this brew but with all the spice I could not drink many of these in a seating but one or two are very nice and perfect for the Holidays and a cold Winter day.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.6 17 years ago

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

    I'm trying to be fair. I hate these overly spiced ales. This one, if I look at it clinically, was probably good. Deep brown color with red highlights. Nice head and lacing. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, and some spices...too many of them for me to even finish the bottle, but if this is your thing, I'll bet this beer would be loved. Rich thick mouthfeel. Not again for me, though.

  • CAPTAINSKOAL 429 reviews
    rated 3.9 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Poured a dark brown color with a bit of a rubby color in it the flavor was very much of clover ginger and cinnimon same with the aroma the mouthfeel was coating and spicy a very good holiday beer probally one of the best that i have had

  • BFELDMANN 1056 reviews
    rated 3.8 17 years ago

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

    Poured a dark brown color with tan head. Aroma was of chocolate and roastedness and smokeyness to it. Flavor was of spices and chocolate bitter finish.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.6 17 years ago

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

    seems abit of a letdown from last year but my scores are quite different...dark black brown...great lacing...jagermeister like qualities...quite xmas-y.....but..??

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