Ungstrup (27687) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Vintage 2001, BBE Oct-03, Sampled March 2005] A brown beer with a huge dense brown head. The aroma is sweet and spicy containing notes of wood, musk, lavender, and cocoa. The flavor is sweet and very spicy with notes of pine (though not nearly as much as in the newer versions), wood, lavender, and musk. The mouthfeel is a little flat.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Vintage 2001. Thick, almost tar-like black beer with a generous brown porter-like head. When I had this the first time I wasn’t impressed. But either the beer or my tastebuds has changed! Extremely full, reminiscent of a Stout with it’s characteristic burned aroma in good balance with the more fruity notes from the ale-yeast. Spicy - but from what I do not know. Apparently Anchor changes the recipe every year. Surprising that this beer doesn’t contain more alcohol - it appears stronger.
omhper (18350) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown. Nutmeg aroma. Malty, spicy and and rather sweet. Medium bitterness. I find this years version to be more balanced than previous years.
anders37 (14753) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1998 bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Spicy malty aroma with some hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Sweet malty spicy ginger flavor with some dark fruit hints. Long malty spicy finish.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - AUG 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Dark amber color. Strong malt aroma, caramel. Malt mouthfeel, very strong caramel (the strongest of all the beers I have ever tasted) just supported by some bitterness (not enough for me). Ordinary palate.
saxo (12796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark reddish beer with nice tan head. Taste is spicy and very christmas like - but just not that much to my liking.
madmitch76 (12174) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2nd February 2008
1994 botltle! Very dark brown ale. Doesn’t smell great! Not too bad in the mouth. Porterish with a slighlty spicy finish. Okay but clearly past it’s best.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz., 1992 vintage, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy amber body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of old books, mustiness, cobwebs, caramel, light ashes, and ginger. Flavor of menthol, raisins, cocoa, roasted malt, and ginger.
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2001) Deep dark ruby brown body, with small beige head. Aroma is ginger and malty, with some nutmeg. Flavor is malty, somewhat burnt caramel. Sweetens as it warms, but never gets cloying. Medium body and moderately syrupy.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2001
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
So everyone else is talking about the 2001 and I’m just getting to the 2000. Oh well, I didn’t think too highly of this particular vintage - excessive ginger, burnt raisins, kind of thin.