Winter Warmer Ale 5.5% ABV
This is the 35th year Anchor Brewing Company has made Christmas Ale, and it is different every year. I've never had another one, so I cannot compare. Don't use this review as a definitive guide for other years, since I have no idea how much it changes from year to year.
With that said, this is a fine Christmas Ale. Thick and spicy, with moderate hop bitterness, this beer is quite dark. Even my rather limited palate can detect nutmeg and orange peel. I feel this is entirely proper for the season.
A fine beer for Advent. I approve. Unusually, this beer took a long time to finish. I savored its flavor at length, taking small sips and rolling it around my mouth. It repaid my patience.