Thisis12ptfont (987) - 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, it’s pretty straight forward. It literally taste like a gingerbread beer. It’s basic, but good. I’d 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 9ªC as a rough estimate! The Brudenell didn’t 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 (416) - - 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.
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Beer Temple as Anchor Christmas Ale. Poured dark with an off white head. Aroma of cinnamon over soft roast malt. Medium body, the cinnamon dominating the flavour (but not overpowering), some roast caramel malt and a dry finish.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown/black with tan head. Milky chocolate and coffee aroma. Rich and smooth palate thins a bit at the back, but also supplies enough of a coffee-flavored bite to provide balance.
7DResearch (5) - - DEC 8, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer did me right two New Years Days Ago. Dark ruby. Nice head. Heavy clove. Great for holiday mornings. Spicy. Great for the right moment.
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jdavisesq (38) - - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to tulip glass. Pours black with red accents and brown creamy head of half a finger. Aroma is spicy. Tastes of clove, nutmeg, and some roasted malt. Very spicy and a bit sweet.
Thinker (62) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black with a thick tab head. Aroma is hoppy with some malt. Very smooth chocolate/ coffee flavor that finishes dry and bitter.
Ktwse (2706) - SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with medium frothy head. Aroma of carnation, bröd, orange peel. Taste is very spicy and bitter with carnation clearly present. Abrupt finish, body too light.
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jshie234 (10) - Clinton Township, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, light tan head dissapates quickly. Nicely Roasted and spiced aroma. Should have let it warm up before tasting as the roasted flavor was a bit washed out due to cold temps.
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