Time for a beer review! But before we get into the Anchor Christmas Ale I wanted to show a photo of my own "christmas brew" which is a batch of hard cider I started a day or two before the holiday. It's been moved over for a secondary ferment now and I really hope it turns out excellent!
|Yum! I used English Cider yeast this time around.|
Anchor Brewing Company - Our Special Ale 2013 (Anchor Christmas Ale)
Beer Type: Winter Warmer - 5.50% ABV
Appearance: A jaunty (and slightly stunted) 12 brown bottle with a very seasonal/merry snowy tree on the label. Beer pours a dark red/brown/black color with a nice big tan head.
Smell: Cinnamon, candied fruits, ginger, clove, and something odd like cardamon or coriander.
First Drink: Not as nice as the aroma sadly. Something acrid and a bit bitter up front followed by hints of the flavor in the sniff I just had.
Mouthfeel: Pretty mild, a little oily maybe, not getting much here.
Last Drink: Something more "dark fruit" coming through now along with a bit of caramel. Pretty muddled.
Drinkability: Not in love with this beer.
Notes: Rarely drink Anchor beers so I can't really compare this to too much of their regular line. Not impressed with this one though.
Verdict: 3 out of 5. Seems a little muddled or not focused enough.