MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz - 6FF - Aroma is a deep roasted malt and toffee, carmel, black licorice concoction. Pours solid brown with red tints. Small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma and is on the syrupy side. Palate is sticky and sweet. Easy identifiable as an Anchor beer, quite tasty.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to Odeed for this one.Nose is big on the Toffee end of the aroma spectrum,toffee and caramel mending in to a roasted malts candy bar. Sweet and tasty. Kind of thin and the flavor hesitates a bit. Not a special occasion beer but a have in the fridge beer. Thanks Jacob.
vyvvy (3607) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to tannertavernboys for sharing. Pours dark brown, almost black with a brown head (that changes colors further down the glass to an off-white). Aroma has roasted chewy sweet malt with bits of dark chocolate. The body is lighter than expected from the aroma with lots of carbonation. The intial taste is roasted malt, but is fairly light. The finish has dark chocolate, roasty malt and a metallic sourness. This is an okay beer, but not nearly up to what I thought it would be.
bigrond (1443) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thius beer is dark, smooth and sweet. Caramel undertones and great ’thickness’. I quality brew start to finish. And the finish is nice and easy.
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Anchor should "un-Special" this one and crank it out year round. It’s an attractive brew, a deep brown body with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. The aroma is smooth roasted malts, a hint of smoke, a dollop of chocolate, and some earthy bitterness. The flavor is that and more, fruity with caramel and dark bread dough. The finish is dry and satisfying. Very nice bock.
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JoeMcPhee (8212) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Very dark brown with a thick, lasting tan head. Aroma is very malty, sweet toasty/bready aroma, chocolate/cocoa, and a hint of smoke. Flavour is strange combination of sweet malts up front and toasty dry earthiness. Light coffee notes. Very well balanced. Really feels like a bigger Baltic Porter or something than a simple bock. Very well-balanced. Lingering toast and earthiness. Dry charcoaly finish. Very tasty brew.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting take on this style, has a bit of tangy fruitiness, some lemony acidity at first and only for a moment before it switchs over the palate to rich chewy malts, full of caramel and some spicy pie crust maltiness. Different.
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 (884) - 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.