smcd (366) - USA - APR 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Is this a copy of the OSA? It is defnitely hard to tell them apart. The dominant flavor, IMHO, is anisette. Rich, flavorful, full-bodied ... but a bit much and ... is it a bock????
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery tour. Dark, dark brown with a dark tan head. Medium-sized head. When held to the sunshine on Mariposa Street, you can see magenta highlights. Microtrabeculae of very tiny fine bubbles. I get a bit of grape Kool-Ade aroma. The grape popsicle flavor also emerges from the heavily malty body. Medium sweetness. Chocolate and roasted flavors. At mid point, the head and lacing is thin. The finish is a nice tart taste on the sides of the tongue- sort of like a bittersweet chocolate. I’d say that I’ve tasted this in a previous Christmas beer from Anchor, but without any of the spices. Not very bock-like at all. Much more ale in its palate. Malty aroma and grapenuts at warm final swirling.
KUEric (867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz Bottle: I like the bottle/label kind of fun. Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a thin brwonish tinted head. Aroma is interesting, lemon, grass, chocolate and something I can’t quite place. Flavor is good, not great.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I guess it’s not only available in the Bay Area now... unless they’ve REALLY extended their definition of what a bay is. Label looks pretty cheap, like a photocopy or something. Ruby-brown with great head... yep it’s an Anchor. Smells simultaneously like a bock and every other Anchor product. Very odd. Butter, eggs, mint, Munichy malt and plum sauce. It tastes really roasty, shoving any other flavours into the background (without any indication from the aroma.) I suppose there’s a bit of cinnamon and apple pie dough, but it’s under a mountain of burnt toast. Weird, odd, unusual, interesting and more... A well-made disaster?
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown. Malty, and slightly hoppy smell. Pretty roasted smelling. Tastes alot like Anchor Porter, though not as good. Still a very worthy beer, worth drinking, worth drinking more than once even. Almost wish I had more of it.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Although, I don’t drink Anchor’s beers very often I hold them in high regard. It is nice to see this Bock making it to the East Coast. My wish is that Anchor will expand it’s portfolio a little more allowing for more great brews. The nose is full of rich malt tones and a hint of sweetness. The palate is dry and dusty with cocoa powder being a dominate flavor in the beer. The head is thick and lasting. The color is quite dark almost black. Overall, a smooth malty beer that’s all too easy to drink. However, from a stylistic standpoint I see this beer as a schwarzbier, because of its dark color, dryness, and black/chocolate barley notes. (5.5%ABV)
mjg74 (2434) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a super dark burgundy color. Stong sweet malty aroma. Some dark fruitiness. Roasted malty flavor right up front. Slightly sweet finish. Not bad.
Saarlander (1680) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark color, with a decent head. Hints of dark fruit, with plenty of hops. flavor of this beer did it for me, great brew!
raphael (809) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
fine, delicate aroma—sour malt, chocolate.1/2 inch dense dark beige head (would love to see this on cask.) deep garnet approaching opacity. almost flows in two currents, a slower denser but fairly clean bottom and a nicely effervescent top. likewise all the way down, fizzy but a little thick, molasses and chocolate, slight (& not unpleasant) souring edging toward burnt, with a final, little too sweet finish.
luvcasks (178) - USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 2007 review
pours a deep amber with orangish highlights with tan head
Smells of chocolate, roast, some biscuit and a low hop aroma and some chalk and some melanoidin
Palate: chocolate, chalk, some dry biscuit a little roast with a faint low hop bitterness
Overall: While a little thin for a bock still a very well made beer another winner from Anchor seems to get more roast astringency as the beer warms up
Definitely still something I pickup every year... maybe the christmas beer I like a lot lot more
Appearance: Dark brown with dark red high lights... pours with a tan head which does not last too long
Aroma: Caramel, bready, chocolate and some faint hoppy notes
Flavor: Smooth, refreshing for a bock, roasty, raisins, with some piney hopy flavors
Palate: For a malty nose, the malt is restrained and finishes surprisingly clean and dry with a resinous hoppy finish
Overall: Another very very good beer from Anchor - definitely worth seeking out. Looks like a bock, smells like a bock and even tastes a lot like a bock... but there seems to be a little something missing .... I have tried it for 2005 and 2006, I will try it again to see if it changes... so far 2005 was better