I had to stop by Friar Tuck, my local liquor store, for a gift card, and as you might expect, I couldn’t walk out without some beer. I kept it somewhat reasonable, sticking with some holiday beers and a bottle of Infinium. This was one of the seasonal holiday beers I picked up, although I had to buy a whole 6 pack. I’m hoping to trade a few bottles for a few different beers. This bottle says, “This is the thirty-sixth ‘Our Special Ale’ from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with the seasons, appears to be born anew. 5.5% ABV.”
When I poured it, it was deep brown, almost black, in color with some ruby colors when held up to the light. There was a nice, one finger, creamy light tan head. There was a sweet malty and slightly fruity aroma as well.
Light-medium bodied, and well carbonated, there was a little bit of carbonation bite up front. The middle was a slightly complex, interesting flavor I found difficult to describe. It was mostly a raisiny and fig flavor. The flavors grew a bit in the dry finish.
This would go nicely with BBQ, as the raisin and fig flavors would bring out the caramel and sweet flavors in BBQ sauce. In particular, I think it would go best with a beef brisket sandwich.
This was a very light and drinkable beer with a nice flavor. I think I was expecting a little more body and a bolder flavor from a winter seasonal, but it was still a good beer.