Dec 15, 2006

Our Special Ale 2006 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

I can’t say that I’ve ever had an Anchor Brewing product that I haven’t like. It looks like that trend is going to continue unblemished. The company’s latest Christmas ale is an excellent brew. I can see why beer lovers are storing this annual beer like a fine wine. That’s not really an option for myself as I don’t quite have an ideal set up for storing beer long term, nor do I have the patience to let it age.


There wasn’t too much characteristic to the aroma upon the initial pour, but after a quick swirl in the glass the beer let off an earthy, roasted scent. There were hints of cocoa, coffee, a slight fruit, and a little bit of heat as well. More spice and heat were present as the beer warmed.


The beer poured much darker than I was initially expecting, which was a great surprise. It was a heavy, dark brown with garnet hues. The head started creamy and toffee colored before fading to a thing layer of foam.


I was impressed and pleased to fine most of the aromas that I got also plentiful in the taste. It’s earthy with hints of cocoa and spice. It finishes with a little heat, but it’s subtle.


Let’s just say that I will be picking up more of this before the holiday season is over. I’m not sure that I will be able to wait another year for the next batch to be released. Hell, I might even look into storing it for a few months to see what aging will bring out in it. Rating: 4.5/5