Day 2: Anchor Christmas 2002
Tree: Fremont Cottonwood, Populus Fremontii
Neck Label Text: This is the twenty-eighth Special Ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from late November to early January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. In ancient times trees symbolized the winter solstice when the earth with its seasons appears born anew.
Tasting Notes: Again, I’m using the tulip glass. The nose on 2002 is not as prominent as 2001. This one definitely has more of a molasses taste to it. I can still tell that it’s been sitting for a while. Again, there’s not much carbonation left. Honestly, there’s not much of a difference between 2001 and 2002 in taste profile. I do get a little more of the evergreen / spicy taste on this one if I drink out of the bottle. Maybe a bit more chocolate too.
Part of the fun of doing this is also trying to remember what I was doing the year that it was released. Late 2002 would’ve been the birth of our second child.
Here’s my untappd profile where I’m also checking in with these and trying to keep up with my beers in general.