This 39th anniversary vintage of Anchor Brewing’s legendary “Christmas Ale” pours espresso brown with a light brown head. The nose presents a potpourri of holiday aromas, including roasted nuts, gingerbread, licorice, and various wintry spices. It is warm and bitter on the tongue with molasses flavors and a gingerbread-like chewiness present, but it finishes clean and quick. What’s left behind on the palette is an amazing mélange of spices, most notably allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and arguably some cardamom and star anise. The overall effect is savory instead of sweet, a perfect beer for slow-sipping by the fire after a huge holiday meal.