theisti (3235) - 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 (6125) - 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.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Falling Rock. Not as dusty or as thick as the Jubelale 2005 I recently had, but much the same flavor profile. Dark fruit, syrup, toffee, and a rather sharp astringency at the end to balance things abruptly.
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003, consumed during our 2002 to 2006 vertical Dec. 2008. Pours dark hazy brown with mocha head and a bit of cobweb lacing. The aroma has that aged molasses, spices, toffee and hints of chocolate that seems smooth and blended. The taste is very smooth and silky with chocolate, molasses, some malt roast and smooth blunted spices. I get a consistent background of rich dark fruitiness. This as aged wonderfully.
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of our man Dave.
Pours dark brown with tan head.
Aroma of clove, cinnamon and other Christmas spices.
Taste, spices and molasses with light chocolate malts.
Some orange peel and caramel come top the whole exquisite taste.
Sad to see this rare bottle gone, but it sure did age well.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark brown caramel color with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of caramel, honey, spice, pine, hints of toffee and cinnamon. Flavor is also malty and sweet with dark sugar, sweet plum, raisin and prune notes with a slight hint of fresh orange. Interesting. Some cinnamon and clove spiciness as well. Generally medium body with a sweet and malty finish. This bottle has also aged well.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours a cola brown with an off white head. Aroma is cinnamon, spice, plum, nutmeg, cloves, and all kinds of flavors that you need to experience. Flavor is similar with Christmas flavor- malty, warm, and spicy. Very good.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Paiste2002 for this stellar bottle. Pours a blackish red with a thick tan head. Hug cinnamon, nutmeg and honey aroma, just intoxicating and makes you think of the holidays. Big cinnamon nutmeg malt body with a spicy bitterness, not as amazing as the aroma. Very fragrant and tasty, has held up very well and a great treat.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and garthicus, via trade with irishboy. Deep ruby-brown with a lasting frothy off-white head. Aromas of nut oil, sweet roast, mint, herbs spice and molasses, somewhat dry. Tastes the same, very smooth, noticeably spicy and ’’Christmas’’y. Pleasantly silky mouthfeel, very well balanced between roastiness and spice - the was terrific stuff, hardly seemed 5 years old.
blankboy (6045) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Wow, thanks for sharing this Harry! Pours a very deep ruby-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of rye, dark fruit, spices, chocolate and light hops. Very nice flavour of lightly roasted malt, rye, dark fruit, light spices and light hops.
Average bodied. Man, has this ever held up well -- great stuff!