Anchor Merry Christmas, Happy New Year Ale, 2016 is the 42nd year Anchor Steam has brewed their holiday Ale. Every year the recipe changes as well as the tree on the label. While the recipe is a secret, this years tree is according to their website, “Our tree for 2016 is the “1,000 Mile Tree” or the lone pine found during westbound construction of the transcontinental railroad. Discovered in 1869, it was a lone pine amidst a vast and desolate landscape. The tree on this year’s label was hand-drawn by Bay Area artist James Stitt, who has been creating Anchor’s Christmas Ale labels since 1975. His charming illustration of the 1,000 Mile Tree includes a person at the top of the tree with a mug of beer, honoring an old legend that railway passengers sometimes attempted to climb the tree. “
Anchor Merry Christmas, Happy New Year Ale, 2016 is opaque brown with a dark tan head. Aromas abound with Molasses, allspice, cinnamon, clove, plenty of dark roasted malt, chocolate and espresso.
Palate follows the nose, very full body, nice bitterness on the finish.
Once again Anchor Brewing has scored a home run with their Anchor Merry Christmas, Happy New Year Ale, 2016. An outstanding holiday brew once again. I hope I can score another 6 pack before it disappears.