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A stocking-full of Christmas beers

Anheuser-Busch's Senior VP of Brewing sent me their 1996 Winter Brew, which he identified as having been produced in Merrimack, New Hampshire. It is a claret-to-tawny brew, very malty in both aroma and palate, with touches of chocolate, nuttiness and creamy notes.

From Washington state, Thomas Kemper's Winterbräu is mahogany in color, with a huge, dense, head. It has a lively aroma of both malt and hops; a smooth body; and lots of flavor: toffee, licorice, and, in the finish, orange-zest.

From Oregon, Saxer's Three Finger Jack Frost, a doppelbock, has a ruby color and, again, a dense head. It has a juicy maltiness in the aroma and a very fresh maltiness of flavor, developing "dusty," cinnamon-like notes in the finish.

From California, the classic holiday beer, Anchor's "Our Special Ale", this year has a garnet color and a distinct aroma and flavor of powdered dark cocoa, developing raisins-in-brandy notes in an astonishingly long, soothing, warming, finish.

Published Online: OCT 1, 1997
Published in Print: OCT 1, 1997
In: Beer Hunter Online

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