Anchor Brewing Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2012

Reviewed by on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Anchor Brewing

  • Origin: San Francisco, USA

  • Rated On: N/A

  • Best Before: 10/2014

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and room temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Every year Anchor comes up with a new Holiday beer with a different combination of spices and flavors. Additionally, for you arborists out there, the bottle features a unique image of a coniferous tree. Enough academics, let’s discuss the beer.

This beer is a spiced ale (another technical name is Winter Warmer); typically these are very malty beers with a robust combination of sweetness and added spices. Think of a nice, rich and hearty ale that can keep you warm at night.

This pours a deep mahogany color with a big fluffy tan head. The nose shows some powerful spices: nutmeg and allspice, as well as some some bready/biscuity malt in the background.

The flavor demonstrates some light bitterness moving to intertwined pepper and raisin before it finishes with a return of the allspice and nutmeg. The alcohol is well hidden (less of a “Warmer”) and its got a nice creamy/fluffy body counterbalanced by light carbonation.

As a widely available, yearly release this is something that everyone should try. It’s definitely a tasty beer, not unlike Christmas Cake in a glass; share some with your friend and surprise them just how different this beer is than their usual fare.

Greg Zeschuk

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