slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 12oz. Before rating, I must say this beer went far above my expectations. Itís huge!; both in its sexy appeal & complexity and also it ability to aid holiday reminisence. OK, first the ale looks amazing! This dark brown ale is obaque in the center, allowing a little mahogany little in @ itís edges. Very little, but tan, head. Itís smell almost dumb-founded on the first scent, itís like cooked meats?, cookies, spices, fukin christmas! The tastes are equally explosive set subdued. Heavly spices and still a well structured malty-hop balance. Very good! They managed to put something like gingerbread cookies and x-mas tree shopping in there too. But really there is so much going on here, I canít put a finger on most. This was a very lucky find, @ City Beverage in Win.-Sal., NC. They also had BIG ASS group bottles for under 20!
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown beer. Lots of brine sugar and some spices mix fairly well with the oxidation. Better than I wouldíve though!
boFNjackson (4126) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured near black with a small head, mild lacing and retention. A bit of oxidation in the aroma which was soon masked by earthy, herbal, and baking-like spices. Similar in flavor but missing depth and sweetness to pull it through. A hint if soy sauce with brown sugar too. Along the lines of other vintage Anchor Christmas Ales I have had, but I have had some from the late 90s that were even better than this one.
AndySnow (3074) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Shared at home.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a white head.
Aroma: Malt, dried fruit, chocolate.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Spices, fruit, caramel. Rather bitter.
mauritsio (411) - FINLAND - DEC 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2012 edition bought from Alko Hyvinkää. Sweet burned and herbal aroma. Bitter burned taste. Coca-cola vegetable flavour. Some taste from gammal dansk. Have to run buy more.
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Sledutah (4392) - Utah, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle brought over and shared by Doug on Christmas along with a í89 and í09, thanks
Appearance: Hazy dark brown with a small tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, bitter chocolate and spices
Taste: Toasted malts, some sourness and spices
Decent, compared to the others you could taste the similarities. This one was heading the same direction as the í89
douglas88 (5903) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Craig Christmas 2011. Pours a black color with a large brown head. The aroma is a odd sour and spicy nose, some oxidation. A sweet spicy flavor with some metallic sourness and bitter prune. Almost like unripe fruit and also overripe fruit! Bitter pine. Not my thing, interestingly this is very much like the 1989 I had heading that way for sure. Both has sourness and metallic flavors that were not pleasant. Drinkable, but odd.
WVHouseofBeer (801) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe a bit too long to cellar, this beer still offered a wonderful bouquet of yuletide flavors that left me grateful to try the beer and mucho thanks to my xmas party host. Poured from a bottle with a small off-white head and midnight-burnt sienna body, the flavor was on-point for an 8 year old brew. Nicely developed caramel and ginger notes mixed well with the noticeable spruce hints to create what I consider a full bodied beer (rare given the style). If you are lucky enough to try this beer, donít complain if it isnít what you expected. Just be gracious for the offering, remember the season, and enough what is a delightful winter/Christmas beer.
arminjewell (6156) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour out of bottle is dark reddish with thin white head, aroma has notes of caramel, pine, mint and spruce notes, touch of hints of spice in there with a touch of faint molasses. Taste is a really strong minty and pine, spruce tip presence, touch of molasses and slight dark fruit, finishing fairly clean and sweet. A bit weird but ok.
adnielsen (8970) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Bull & Bush Christmas tasting. Dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Spruce, piney, minty, caramel, toffee aroma. Minty, piney, sprucey, moderately oxidized, caramel/toffee malty flavor. I prefer the 2004 vintage slightly better but this one was ok.
jredmond (5297) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle vintages 2000-2006 shared at Paulís Dec 3rd tasting. The 2000 and 2001 were by far the best - very interesting how this beer has aged especially considering the low alcohol to begin with. Aroma of the older years is full of prune, fig, raisins, and molasses. Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses and some spices. Pretty similar to the 2002 vintage.