Ungstrup (34708) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A black beer with a reddish shine and a light brown though fast disappearing head. The aroma is weird of spruce, oranges, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and eucalyptus. The flavor is weird too with the same notes as the aroma.
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (thanks Degarth!). Deep amber colour, not much head. Aroma is spices, raisins some coffee and chocolate. Flavour is mildly oxidized, caramelly, quite hoppy and mild malts & raisins.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Also in this year’s vintage the Anchor Christmas Ale is a very dark thing, close to pitch black. Nice, stable light brown head. Again with it’s burnt notes it reminds me a lot of a Stout, altthough not as dry. Spicy and pleasant and very quaffable due to the low alcohol. Perhaps slightly less character than last years brew.
omhper (23731) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Mahogany colour, little head. Hoppy, spicy aroma, rich on nutmeg. Rather sweet, but with clean malt profile and notes of chocoalate. Thorouhgly pleasant and complex with lingering bitter finish.
anders37 (23393) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber colour with a tan head. Sweet malty spicy aroma. Dry and very spicy bitter flavor. Lots of pine flavor. Dry spicy finish with a nice bitter aftertaste.
fiulijn (19387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown color. Very nice aroma, mature: malt, caramel, phenol, sweet liquorice, nutmeg, nuts; harmonious and complex. But, as often happens with the Anchor Our Special Ales, the mouthfeel is too thin (dry, caramel, liquorice, roasted malts) and far from being impressive.
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark nut brown color, very small off-white head. Chocolaty, rye breadish "vintage aroma". Very coffeish, roasted flavor, some American hops. Liquerish, specially in the aftertaste. Loads of coffee and chocolate.
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark brown; aroma of ginger, toffee, spruce, nutmeg; intense flavour like eating a tree - acrid pine resin coats your mouth - molasses and thick dark malts also present. Interesting, but unbalanced
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours a deep brown with ruby tones. Head is finely bubbled tan. Aroma is lightly xmas spice. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is toffee/treacle, cinnamon, and malt. It is very smooth. Very integrated. Some hot bits in the finish. Quite flavorful.
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy dark garnet, with minimal head. Aroma is weak piney/spruce. Taste is spruce/pine, malty, spicy and slightly sweet.