thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) medium ruby brown pour, ring of dark tan head. Nose of pine, spices, malt balls, and chocolate wafers. Taste of biscotti and unsweet rye bread, medium bitterness, mildly un-carbonated, with a dry bittersweet finish.
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye.
Dark reddish brown pour with a decent amount of tan head (especially considering how old this bottle is). Aromas of spice - nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor is more of the same, very spicy and Christmas-y.
Cavie (3548) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Clear dark color that turns cherry red when held to the light. Aroma is Ginger spice and nutmeg that is not as intense as the 2002. Flavor is dry and bready with a slight bit of spices. Winter spices for sure. Finishes easily enough.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with reddish hues and a one finger khaki head that fades to nice swirls. The aroma is sweet honey, caramel, winter spices, roast, and slight oxidative notes from the 7 years of age. The flavor is great. A little sherry-like from the age, but this works pretty well. Sweet honey and caramel malt, pumpernickel bread, toast, nutmeg, allspice, and slight anise. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, maybe just a tiny bit watery. This is another good vintage of this beer. Iím really not sure there is a bad one.
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of cinnamon and pumpkin spice on the nose. Medium-bodied and malty with holiday spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and creamy chocolate underneath. Rich but light on the palate, and a bit short on the finish, but certainly festive.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle shared with and from madvike. Thanks Matt. Very complex and thats the only good thing I can say about it. All spice and something not good! Lots of spice and different flavors in there I am just not digging any of them. I thought a 1998 was bad, bull the 03 is no better.
madvike (2376) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from JCapriotti...thanks Jason! - Pours dark brown with a small foamy off-white head. Nose is complex and spicy, with ginger, Christmas spices, molasses, brown sugar, and black licorice. Has some off-putting soy sauce nose. Super complex, but not my thing. Taste is less complex--malty and still with a soy sauce and licorice component. Fairly watery and limp. Odd.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/29/2010: Anchor Our Special Ale 2003... Aroma: Aged fruit cake and cooked caramel with some clove, ginger, and maple poking out. Appearance: Deep maple color with a small, but mostly lasting beige head. Flavor: Caramel and licorice blended cooked raisins, golden raisins, and cooked chocolate pudding with some cocoa with subtle spicy quality (nothing distinct really jumps out); falls off a bit in the finish. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth. Overall: Quite good; itís surprising how well these hold up despite their relatively low alcohol content.
12 fl. oz. bottle (3OU) from IrishBoy via trade. Thanks Richard! Rating #333 for this beer.
Tmoney99 (9601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured a clear reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex sweet spicy aroma. Medium body with a sticky smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy spicy sweet flavor with a moderate to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex good brew.
alexsdad06 (3824) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Thanks Craig! Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, some maple, generous amounts of holiday spices (especially given the age) and some oxidation. The flavor has more sweet caramel malt, holiday spices, roast, smooth chocolates and some light fruitiness. It surprises me that this ages well being a smaller beer.