Anchor - Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

At last - I've been waiting to have one of these for ages.

This brew pours a clear, dark brown, with a couple fingers' worth of head that leave a few spot of suds on the way down.

The aroma is... almost lavender oil or some sort of soap scent. Fir sap? Some slight roasted notes, and cranberries. A bit mysterious, complex, and perplexing.

The flavour is like a woody porter - a bit minty and fir or spruce-like as well. Sap, a bit of chocolate, a bit herbal. I also wonder if they perhaps used basil or if it's the hops at play.

It's got a medium body, a slick finish, and might be a bit high in the carbonation department.

It's memorable, for sure. Different, but very nice.