Name: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Brewed by: Anchor Brewing Company
Style: Winter Warmer
Bottle/Draft: 12oz Bottle
Every year since 1975 Anchor brewing has put out a Christmas ale and every year the recipe is different, I always try to find a bottle and this year my friend Matt gave me a couple of bottles.
Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, some light breaks through around the edges if you hold it to the light. The pour raised a thick tan head that slowly sank into a thick frothy layer across the surface that left lacing down the glass.
Smells malty, picking up some roasted grains, there is sweetness in the nose as well. Picking up some spices and licorice notes.
Tastes of roasted malts, hints of chocolate and honey lend a sweetness. Not picking up on a distinct hop flavor. I’m associating the bitterness in this beer with the spices; nutmeg and cinnamon, maybe some ginger in there as well. The back end of the taste has a dark fruit flavor, reminds me of dark cherries. This beer has a medium body, it’s lightly carbonated and finishes dry.
Overall a nice winter warmer, Anchor’s Christmas ale is always rich and flavorful. I think this beer would pair well with something sweeter to balance out the spiced flavors, maybe consider leaving a glass of this out with a plate of sugar cookies for Santa; it might be too late to get on the nice list for this Christmas so get a jumpstart on next year!
Day 12: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Anchor Brewing Co.