foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Juniper and nutmeg like aroma, a lot of spices. Very winter-type brew, some coffee in there too. Dark blackish/brown with brown head. Thick feeling. Spices come through with a bit of bitterness and dark malts. I think I like this so much because it reminds me of my homebrew.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark burgundy colour, very unusal for a beer. Thin but firm beige head.
Then I put my nose to glass and wooooow someone put a whole spiceshop up my nose. So I put the glass down and tried to find the name for that dominant spice.
Hmmmm, a bit peppery, and very herbal... aah NUTMEG. And alot too.
The amount of nutmeg used in this one must be equal to the amount of Cascade hops that North Coast BC uses in their beers.
But after a couple of minutes other things start appearing.
A certain floweriness, citrus, basil, licorice, wood and the all familiar meringue aroma.
So the flavor is a bit of a dissapointment when it is totally owerpowered by nutmeg that won´t go away.
But it is also fruity, flowery, dry with hints of meringue and a quite big bitter finish. Even some cloves eventually find their way to the tastebuds. As always a worldclass beer but a bit less refined than the 2001 vintage.
The final question is:
Why does my seasonal beer reviews always become half novels ?
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft 2002: Great pour, dark in body with excellent head formation. Roasted coffee on the nose, comes through fairly bitter on the palate. Chocolaty and nutty, with a herbal spiciness that gains as it warms.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2002 bottled) A very deep dark ruby/brown. Thin dark tan head and lace. Nose of ginger, mint, pumpkin, graham crackers? and others. Medium bodied, flavors of cola, mint, clove, ginger, some malt in the back seat with a sprinkling of hops. Similar if not the same as last years.
BillKismet (3334) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad, but dissapointing compared to the 2001 vintage. The spiced ale was of a beautiful red black appearance with a coffee top. Nutmeg dominates the aroma with ginger dancing around the periphery as well as the possibility of cloves and allspice. The taste is initially dominated by nutmeg and allspice with a characteristic bitterness. Clove residue becomes apparent and adds a dryish element as well. This was less refined than the previous year’s vintate, but still apt for the season.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The taste of nutmeg and other "spice" was almost overwhelming at first. Kind of deadened my tastebuds after the first couple sips. Interesting and I’d not turn one down if offered another time.
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!! There is a ton of good things
happening in a glass of Anchor Christmas Ale.
The flavor in multi-layered. Beginning with a hop bitterness,
followed by a malt sweetness, then burnt coffee and finally a dash of
alcohol. This is a delicious brew.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like good bread and eggnog (nutmeg). Unusual brown/burgundy color. Nice tan head. Spice flavors are overpowered by nutmeg (just a touch of cinnamon). Saddle blanket smell. Very unique in individual aspects, but holisticly (as indicated by the overall impression), the parts do not congeal into a coherent whole.
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A great disappointment. Flavor is almost medicinal/ black licorice, no spice of cinnamon that I so enjoyed last year. Smooth, but off by a lot. Maybe I got a bad bottle...
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002: Oh my. I sit here with a very empty feeling in my heart. After my journey to the beer store on my luch break, working the last four hours of my shift (anticipation is a BITCH) and finally getting home to crack open this beauty, I am almost sad. This years vintage is nowhere near as nutmeggy, gingery, cinnamony or anything elsey. It was like my tongue was numb or something. I had to wait until 10 seconds after i swallowed the stuff to start getting any distinguishable flavors. The appearance and the aroma are still there, but the flavor is wayyyyy muted. I am puttin a 6’er in the cellar and hopefully next year I can change this description.