aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like taking a walk in a Christmas tree lot. Slight rum cake and spiced cookie notes in the nose with toasted caramel and marshmallow characters. Nice and clean finish.
travita (3651) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. The smell is spruce, malts, paper, and spiced. The look is clearish in a dark brown in color with almost no head. The taste is malty, spiced, spruce, and slighty oxidized.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. poured brown with a beige head. aroma of liquid smoke. flavor had berry and some liquid smoke as well. a good brew. i will have to pick up the current year special ale and give it a try.
ilovedarkbeer (2184) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR via paistie2002. Almost no head sits atop a black brown body. Nose is nutmeg, and gingerbread. Taste is winter mulling spices, and toffee and rum cake. Short watery finish.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to paistie2002. Shared with the Dallas Crew. Pours with a small off-white head over a brown hazy body. Good lacing. Aroma of currants, leather, bread, raisins and toffee. Taste is oxidized with some notes of raisins, bread and brandy. Light carbonation and a bit thin.
garthicus (2569) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by HogTownHarry with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Murky brown, whispy head. Aroma: Altar wine, pine, rye bread. Flavour: Raisins, Christmas cake, brandy. Sweet. Awesome!
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to bman113vr. Pours a dark brown, cream head. Aroma of some soy sauce. Flavor of soy sauce and dark roast. Mouthfeel is light-medium body, light-medium carbonation. This is 7 years old and losing it’s life.....
mar (4591) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bman113vr. deep brown pour with a ring of cream froth. nice aroma of spices and malts. quite nice on the palate with some slight oxidation but still holding up quite well. good spicy finish.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle supplied by Colin. Pour is ruby brown mostly clear with a 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma of juniper, clove and big, big spiciness. Assertive but soft at the same time. Taste as spruce, cinnamon, spice, vanilla - incredibly melded really soft. Palate is thick, spiced, lingering with cloves. This really is a great aged beer.
after4ever (5854) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz., courtesy the exceptional generosity of Nugget. Thanks, man! Pours a dense-looking, opaque dark brown with a hale and hearty creamy tan head up top. Luscious head like that after 5 years? Well done, Anchor. These guys never let you forget what a fine job they always do. The nose on this is intensely spicy, dark and sprucey, very christmassy; the perfect combination between christmas trees and spicy christmas sweets. Almost perfumey, but in an inviting way. Creamy medium body, still showing a pleasant carb to it. Notes of wood, dark and sweet spices for sure, brown bread, and caramel on the mid-palate. Mild finish. Awesome, awesome beer.