eaglefan538 (2892) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark brown color with a very nice tan head and great lacing the whole way down. The aroma was vinous with some hoppiness. The flavor was vinous, somewhat nutty, with light chocolate present. The finish was bitter and dry, hops (light pine but mostly resinous / bitter) and even the wheat somewhat detectable.
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Inspite of what the descriptions says, my friend picked this up at Systembolaget in Sweden - not exactly the Bay Area.<!-- br --><!-- br -->A deep red beer with a dense brown head. The aroma is sweet with primary notes of herbs, but also a light touch of caramel. The flavor is sweet with a nice roastyness to it, but also a herbal note. I’m not that fond of the herbal notes - I wonder if it is the hops?
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured dark and had a tan, fizzy lasting head. Nose was roasted caramel, like a porter. There was bitterness and slight chocolate. Spicy and refreshing. Nice dry finish. Good brew. Thanks DarkElf.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark reddish brown with a creamy light brown head. Licorice, pepper, dark bread and hops. Spicy dry flavour of dark bread, anise, nuts and caramel. Smooth mouthfeel. Dry finish with small acidity. Pretty good.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At the end of a pigawful arsewipe of a day, it’s good to have a beer to cry into. It’s even better to have a good beer to cry into. Come to think of it, it may not be such a bad day after all. I haven’t tasted a dud Anchor, and this is no exception. It’s a rich teak colour with a tall lacing head. The aroma is a heady mix of molasses, crushed blackberries, mocha and peppery shiraz. There’s nothing subtle about it - it bangs you upside the nose. The mouthfeel is soft and medium-creamy. On the tongue, there is some blackcurrant and grape juice fruitiness before a mellow milky coffee mid-palate and a fairly grabby finish. It has the same bitter Xmas spice finish as the Celebration but I don’t think this is quite as balanced. It seemed cloying until the alcohol knocked the edge off the palate. Overall, this tasted like they’ve thrown the kitchen sink at it. A little less might be more. (Pint bottle; IBS, Perth; Batch 5YM)
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown colour, with a light brown head. Big aroma - licorice and lavender, tobacco. Soft mouthfeel and light bodied for a bock, with notes of lavender and tidbits. Anchor house character, that I previously took for hops. Lingering, roasty finish. The lavender reminds me of Anchor X-mas, but this is more balanced.
joergen (20763) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red brown coloured with a small beige head.
Sweet aroma of malts, prunes and tobacco.
Sweet flavour of malts and dried fruits.
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Small off white head that fades pretty fast. Aroma is of malts, bread, raisins. Taste is of bread, caramel, raisins and malts. Very small bitter finish. Not bad but have had better
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle poured black with a thick creamy chocolate head.
Aroma is sweet roasty malt, molasses.
medium light body with a creamy roasty malty chocolate and caramel flavor.
Richly malty finish but not overly sweet.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is nutty and sweet carmel malt. Flavor is nutty with some dry coffee notes and slight orange notes. Finish is dry.