241. Anchor Brewing – 2010 Our Special Ale

Anchor Brewing 2010 Our Special AleI had to stop by Friar Tuck, my local liquor store, for a gift card, and as you might expect, I couldn’t walk out  without some beer.  I kept it somewhat reasonable, sticking with some holiday beers and a bottle of Infinium.  This was one of the seasonal holiday beers I picked up, although I had to buy a whole 6 pack.  I’m hoping to trade a few bottles for a few different beers.  This bottle says, “This is the thirty-sixth ‘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 the seasons, appears to be born anew. 5.5% ABV.”

When I poured it, it was deep brown, almost black, in color with some ruby colors when held up to the light.  There was a nice, one finger, creamy light tan head.  There was a sweet malty and slightly fruity aroma as well.

Light-medium bodied, and well carbonated, there was a little bit of carbonation bite up front.  The middle was a slightly complex, interesting flavor I found difficult to describe.  It was mostly a raisiny and fig flavor.  The flavors grew a bit in the dry finish.

This would go nicely with BBQ, as the raisin and fig flavors would bring out the caramel and sweet flavors in BBQ sauce.  In particular, I think it would go best with a beef brisket sandwich.

This was a very light and drinkable beer with a nice flavor.  I think I was expecting a little more body and a bolder flavor from a winter seasonal, but it was still a good beer.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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