Sizzler80 (382) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chestnut pour with a frothy beige head. Aroma: malt, hops, mandarin, clove, toffee. Taste: tangy, sweet and bitter. Malty caramel, hops, raisin, mandarin, clove vinous.
rob02190 (23) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark mahogany with a thick 1" head. Right off the bat you catch the aromas of malt, cedar and spices. The taste was light and malty but fell a little flat.
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josh55408 (7) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour from tap had little head. Smell like nutmeg, and taste like lots of nutmeg. Reminded me of toxicology class where i learned how bad nutmeg is for your liver. Or kidney?
Anyway the flavor let some hop taste thru, and some sweet.
vogt5059 (30) - Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
1994 poured out if a bottle
Small tan head that lingers
Nose is malty with hits of prune and fig
Taste is slightly sweet, mellow, with a hint roast on the finish
No hop aroma or bitterness
Overall this beer has aged 18 years very nicely.
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nike (822) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer says retired?? I had the Anchor Christmas Ale on draft at Mad Mex in Robinson. Black pour, small brown foam head. Aroma and taste of spices, ginger, heavy cloying sweetness, medium body. The spices really take over the brew, to me, it seems unbalanced. I know a lot of people enjoy this beer, itís just not for me. Ignore my ratings on this brew.
HeadyDE (362) - Delaware, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 2012..pour darker than expected..fairly shocked by color and aroma..nose is quite intriguing with vanilla..pine tree..faint booze..bourbon undertone..shame that the taste is not on the same level as the nose..fairly bland and uneventful on the finish..thinner taste profile than expected..
BREWMUSKCLES (2088) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice spruce flavor with some cinnamon. red spruce like berry flavor perhaps a cranberry a bit tart and somewhat juicy but refined into the taste pattern. mellow with some toffee in vanilla. charmingly appropriate.
Thisis12ptfont (708) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma smells like gingerbread. Very dark mahogany black with a thin foam. Big ginger, resin and bread overtones. Some hops and caramel are noticeable in the back. Overall, itís pretty straight forward. It literally taste like a gingerbread beer. Itís basic, but good. Iíd give this a B- rating.
PlinyHarris (28) - - DEC 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The ever-modified Anchor Christmas special came to me this year with a huge price tag, and was kept in far too cold a fridge. Not to be sampled below 9™C as a rough estimate! The Brudenell didnít give me such luck this time and the complexity was therefore lost quite a bit, but hey you got licorice, pines and mulled wine spice blends. It just quickly left the palette at that temperature. Have geared the rating conservatively towards that potential, like the humourless person I am.
sjohnny (305) - - DEC 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cinnamon, vanilla and pine aroma. Pours a very deep very dark jewel red. Light tan head. Caramel, cinnamon and pine flavor. Medium to light bodied. Hint of pine and crisp bitterness on finish.