From Anchor Brewing – The brewers of Anchor Steam® Beer are proud to announce the release of our thirty-fith annual Christmas Ale. Every year since 1975 the brewers at Anchor have brewed a distinctive and unique Christmas Ale, which is available from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—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 its seasons, appears born anew.
Anchor Brewing – Anchor Our Special Ale, affectionately known as Anchor Christmas Ale 2009 – 12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Between 5-6% abv. Purchased at Whole Foods Market – Arroyo Pasadena, CA.
Appearance: Pours a dark maroon with a thin tan layer of swirls and froth for head.
Aroma: Figs, chocolate, evergreen needles, red berry, raisin, and a touch of spice.
Taste: A big mouthful of dark chocolate and spruce to start out. Then I get a nice layer of dark fruit including raisins and fig. Finishes with cocoa powder and moderate hop spice.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fizzy.
Overall: Christmas in a glass baby.