Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Our Special Ale 2015

Craft beer pioneer Anchor Brewing recently shipped its 41st edition of Our Special Ale, their annual beer brewed to celebrate the newness of life. Each year, the recipe of this Winter Warmer changes, as does the beautiful tree artwork on the label. This year's tree is Cedrus deodara or Himalayan Cedar, which can be found in Afghanistan, Tibet, Pakistan and India. Besides the beautiful tree, I love that Anchor puts Merry Christmas and Happy New Year front and center. 5.5% alcohol.

Rich, sweet malty aroma full of prunes and cinnamon and nutmeg. A little tart and fruity to start, cherries, plums. Cocoa and cinnamon and some light hoppy bitterness follow. Body is a little thinner than the aroma promised. Nice flavors. Always worth the annual checkup!

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