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ANCHOR STEAM “OUR SPECIAL” 2015 ALE

Anchor’s 41st Anniversary holiday ale resembles a dry porter with its burgundy-browned body, roasted mocha malting and ashen hop char. Sweet sugared spicing and evergreen freshness of many previous “Special” offerings lags, relying instead on chalky dried cocoa, nutty chocolate, black coffee and raw molasses tones to enhance dried-fruited black cherry, fig and plum illusions.

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SUMMIT WINTER ALE

Admirable English-styled winter warmer blends Christmastime spicing with mocha nuttiness and dried fruiting. Creamy chocolate-caramel malting sweetens gingerbread-sugared nutmeg, coriander, clove and allspice seasoning as well as surging raisin, prune, black cherry, blackberry and red wine illusions. Cocoa-powdered chestnut, pecan and cola nut nuances saunter by.

Summit Winter Ale

NOGNE O PECULIAR YULE – 2013

Supple updated 2013 version heightens Christmas spicing and wintry peculiarities to amplify overall taste sensation. Chewy caramelized chocolate malts and syrupy molasses sapping perfectly punctuate wintry brown-sugared cinnamon-gingerbread-nutmeg seasoning. Ancillary orange-peeled coriander, clove and cardamom tingle sweetens sticky anise minting as well as dark floral hop earthiness. Plastique black grape nuance slips thru serene holiday spicing.

GREAT LAKES CHRISTMAS ALE

Temperate autumnal-seasoned winter warmer makes fine honey-spiced holiday moderation. Halloween-spirited pumpkin pie entry greets Christmastime sugar cookie, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove accents. Peppery hop bottom contrasts muted vanilla creaming. Sherry hints perk up delicate honey-fruited finish. 2018 version: spruce-tipped honeyed ginger resonance deepened cinnamon, nutmeg and clove seasoning.