andyhwcinc (1311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this at Delilahís 12th annual Winter Beer Tasting in Chicago, IL. From what I remember of this one, it was rather sweet with a bubble gum like aroma, which right now sounds a bit weird but while sampling it, it did smell like bubble gum. Perhaps the spices and malt matured in such a way that it became rather sweet. Not bad though.
rgray81 (7) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 10, 2010 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer caught me by surprise. Nice dark color with very little head or lacing. I notice a toffee and spice flavor and with a roasty aroma. Very matly and with some spice notes. Good beer overall.
manuchampions (1225) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. I have had this several times before but failed to rate it. 2010 vintage bottle: Pours with a pretty thick, brownish head. Colour is dark/ruby red. Aroma is very malty, with a touch of sweetness and spice. Flavour is malty, with just enough sweetness to balance, and a smokey essence. Spruce and spice was more restrained than in yearís past. I like it more this year.
weaselkenievil (1094) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
*slaps self in face* Ginger! How in the name of high school football did I miss that? Cheers guy below. Almost black brown with a nice medium pale beige head. Strange medicinal type qualities. Must be the ginger. I was a big of gingers in real life. Probably due to sticking up for my sister for all those years.
bbrock81 (297) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, ginger to the fore this year! Ginger on the nose, ginger on the tongue, ginger all around. Pours an almost opaque brown, with a huge tan head this disappears quickly. Aroma is a cross between sweet but roasted malt and ginger, while the flavor is almost all on the ginger. I canít tell you what else to expect, as thatís really all I can get out of it this year, is ginger. Not very good, honestly, and not something Iíll be buying again until next winter.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle; 1999 vintage; side by side with a magnum of 2002; thin cola brown with thin tan head; aromas of juniper berries, spruce and nutmeg; just a lovely nose; texture is thin with very faint flavors of spice, nutmeg and berries; pretty nice but flavors fall flat compared with the nose; touch of dry oxidation
beastiefan2k (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
All shared by csbosox, thanks Chris:
1999 bottle and 11 years old . Doing better than expected, still oxidized but some spice coming through (grass-like). Some wet brown leaves.
2000 bottle and 10 years old . Much more oxidized than the í99, especially in the flavor.
2001 bottle and 9 years old . Basically somewhere between the í99 and the í00.
Bottom Line:. Too old for the small bottles, if you are looking for a decade old OSA keep to the magnums.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A: The pour is a slightly hazed rusted amber color with a minimal off-white head on top.
S: The nose is inviting and quite typical for the Anchor Christmas beers. Plenty of spice: cinnamon and clove for the most part. There are also some nice fruits in the form of figs and raisins.
T: Thereís something very "off" about this beer. A slightly meaty/fishy taste which overpowers the other flavors for the most part. A bit of fruit and sugar is all that saves this one.
M: The body is medium with a fairly decent level of carbonation.
D: Itís unfortunate that this one seems to have taken a turn for the worst. I donít quite know what I would suggest to do with this beer.
jtclockwork (6919) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour in the glass. Little head. Nose and taste is slightly spiced. Rated 3/1/03
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anchor Brewing Company--Christmas Ale--12 oz. Bottle. 5.35% ABV.
1996-7 Release. (3.75 / 5.0) Deep clear red black color. Spicy aromatic front which lasts through rich slightly fruity body until it crashes in a bitter burnt finish. Effect lessens after several sips--Remaining brew is great. Sampled 12/10/1998.
1998 Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Deep dark clear blood red color. Rich hoppy spicy front. Rich spicy malt develops a touch of smoky flavor. Dry finish. Body is not sweet or fruity. Very flavorful. Not as good on 12/12/99. Sampled 11/7/1998.
1999 Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear burnt red black cherry color. Earthy hop & spicy front. Roasted spicy espresso fruit body. Smooth semi thick dry body with rich crusty malt backbone. Cherry, roasted toffee, licorice and spice. Sampled 12/13/1999.
Anchor Brewing Company--Our Special Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.35% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Rich piney front. Clear dark burnt red color. Roasted fruit spice front. Dry body with tangy malty nutmeg cinnamon roasted cherry flavors. Complex and tasty. Dry roasted citrus pine nutmeg hop end. Sampled 12/14/2001.
Anchor Brewing Company--Our Special Ale--2001 50.7 oz. Bottle. 5.35% ABV. $11.99 Bomber. Aging as of 3/10/2010.