Tasting: November 21, 2010
I know I call the addition of spice to ales â€œgimmickyâ€ â€“ but Anchor has been doing it for 35 years, so itâ€™s hard to criticize. Iâ€™m also a little biased as this ale has become a tradition with me â€“ as Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ve had it every year for the last 10 – 12 years. Iâ€™d call it a â€œporter-styleâ€ ale. It pours dark brown with a tan head that lingers beautifully. Definitely a cornucopia of nose hereâ€¦nutmeg, chocolate malt. Taste â€“ definitely picking up roasted malts, nuttiness, dark chocolate and finishes with light hoppiness and a hint of what I’ll call a mulling spice.
I give it an 88.