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Winter Ale Comparison
(Links will take you to brewer webpage)

Anchor - Our Special Ale
Anchor Brewing Co
Our Special Ale

(San Francisco, CA)
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Sierra Nevada
Celebration Ale

(Chico, CA)

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Very dark ruby red color with an ivory foam head that leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass and surface of the beer.

Aroma: Spicy, with hints of nutmeg, clove, oak, and cherry.

Taste: A full mouth feel and flavor.  Nutmeg and clove are noticeable as well as a slight alcohol taste. The finish is slightly bitter.

Summary: This beer reminds me of a very light brandy and would be a nice warmer on a cold winter night.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep amber (almost bronze) color topped by an ivory colored thick foam head that leaves a lovely lace pattern on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Very flowery with spices and hops most noticeable.

Taste: This full bodied beer is smooth and silky on the tongue. Caramel and nutmeg flavors mix well with the bitterness of the hops and mild alcohol flavor. A bitter aftertaste follows each sip due to the high hop content. 

Summary: I look forward to this beer every year. It cost more than the typical six pack, but the full flavor of every sip is worth it. For those who enjoy hoppy or bitter beers I highly recommend trying this one.

Wauchsett Winter Ale
Wachusett Brewing Co
(Westminster, MA)
Sam Adams Winter Lager
Boston Brewing Co
Winter Lager

(Boston, MA)
Sam Adams Old Fezziwig
Boston Brewing Co
Old Fezziwig

(Boston, MA)

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Dark honey colored beer with a white lace foam on the surface.

Aroma: a flowery aroma with a hint of nutmeg hovers over the glass.

Taste: This medium bodied beer has a fruity (mostly cherry) and sweet flavor. Some spices, like nutmeg, are present and an alcohol finish is noticed.

Summary: This beer would go great with a fruit pie like cherry, blueberry, raspberry, or apple.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep clear copper color with a thin sheet of white foam on the head and some lace on the glass.

Aroma: Very little aroma, but malt and spices are present.

Taste: A medium bodied beer with a sweet malty flavor. Some bitterness and nutmeg flavors are present. Pumpkin and caramel are noticed after each sip.

Summary: This beer would go nice with a chocolate dessert. 

Tasting Notes

Appearance: A thick ivory foam head covers the very dark, almost black cherry colored beer.

Aroma: Malty, with fruity esters and hints of molasses.

Taste: This medium bodied, full flavored beer has a smooth mouth feel. A fruity taste is first present and it is quickly followed by caramel, molasses, vanilla and cherry. It finishes with a slight bitterness. 

Summary: This beer is only available in the Sam Adams holiday pack. I wish it was available in six packs. It would go well with a fruity dessert, vanilla ice cream or a cream filled pastry.


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