Surprise! Anchor Brewing created another Christmas Ale this year, 42nd year in a row with a different recipe. And another beautiful label, this year depicting the 1000 Mile Tree, Pinus solitarius. Atop the tree this year, look closely, is a person sipping on a mug of beer. I thought you also might enjoy the labels from each of the years, super cool! 6.5% alcohol. Under the cap: To Niels SKAL!
Caramel and fruit aroma, a little nutty as well. Dark fruit flavors, smoky, caramel and cherries, some roast and decent bitterness. Spicy, hints of tobacco. A sourish cherry lingers at the finish. Style guess for me was Old Ale, but since Anchor lists everything "Top Secret" perhaps "Winter Warmer" is the place to leave this.