Anchor Brewing Company – Christmas Ale 2016

Anchor Brewing Company - Christmas Ale 2016

Anchor Brewing CompanyChristmas Ale 2016

Christmas Ale
Brewed in: San Francisco, California
2015 BJCP Style: 30C – Winter Seasonal Beer
ABV: 6.5%
Bottled on: 9/29/16
Tasting on: 12/24/16
Glass: Shaker

Aroma: Overtones of moderate malt sweetness and banana bread (banana, walnuts, spices). Undertones of cinnamon, cherry, and dark fruit. 9.5/10

Appearance: Very dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Tan head with small and large bubbles and excellent retention. 9.5/10

Flavor: Minor malt and moderate hop bitterness in the beginning followed by a clean middle with minor roasted malt. Minor banana and a hint of maple in the end. Light sweetness and minor burnt sugar linger in the aftertaste. 19/20

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Hint of alcohol. 8.5/10

Overall Impression: Clean and complex with an excellent balance between malt, spice, and bitterness. 47/50

Final Score: 94% = A-

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