I have the worst memory, but I vaguely remember the tour guide mentioning the Anchor Christmas Ale. Not only does the label have a cool story but so does the beer! Anchor's website does a beautiful job of describing everything, and I would encourage you to use the link above to click over and read the story. Basically, the "secret" to their top secret beer is that they change the Christmas tree on the label every year. New year, new tree. They're been brewing this tasty beverage since 1975.
As for taste and flavor, I like it! The hops are definitely prevalent, but the subtle spices come through at the end for me. Since the malts and hops are secret, I can't really tell you much about that. The aroma really just reminds me of Christmas. As I don't have quite the refined palate, I can't exactly put my finger on what the smells and flavors are. The color is a dark brown, and you can see the thick creamy head. I certainly get a bitter aftertaste from the hops. I wish I got a bit more of a malty end note. I am dying to try this beer on draft; however I don't know if kegs of it are even sold here in NC. While the alcohol is only 5.5%, this isn't a beer I just want to down. I let it mellow out & just sipped on it for a while. This is a holiday brew that feels like a special treat.
Anchor recommends letting the beer age to really let the flavors mellow. Lucky for me, D is awesome and scored these bad boys.
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