Anchor Brewing Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2012
Reviewed by Greg Zeschuk on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide
- 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 !
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.