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 (20664) - 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.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours dark with a nice two finger thick tan head. Aroma of roast, sweet malts, and citrus. Flavor is roast, malty, citrus, carbonation, but lacks any type of sweetness. still drinkable.
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from John’s Market. Big aroma after Poperinge spilled a fair bit missing my hand with the glass. Good head atop a dark copper-brown beer. Toasty malt flavour.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice bock beer. Good malt character to it. Tasted what it should be.