daniela (9) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This year’s edition is fantastic and beautiful, chocolate brown with a tan head. Spruce and gingerbread flavors are very strong but blend well. More dark-roasted flavor this year, slightly less sweet. This beer has evolved from a one-pint sipper to a smoother-drinking stout. Be sure to drink it cold. Probably my favorite seasonal beer of all time.
Lothore (548) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a deep, dark brownish hue with a nice, 2 finger frothy head.
S- Sweet, brown sugar notes, hints of raisin.
T- Lots of roasted malt, hints of sweet brown sugar that fade off into nothingness.
M- Thin with low/medium carbonation
D- This may be past it’s prime. Looked and smelled great but carbonation was a little low.
AndySnow (3058) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: Shared at home.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Spices, dried fruit, raisin.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, spices, caramel.
AgentAle (627) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: pleasant christmas spices like nutmeg and cinnamen
Taste: Rich malt flavors with great hop balance, spicey tastes throughout
Appearance: Very dark clear amber body with thin white head with somewhat less retention
charlotte (4170) - rødovre, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.Dark reddish colour with no head.Aroma is sweet and spicey with flavor of Christmas spices and raisin,prun and sweet Warming alc.Mild with hint of Wood and sweet caramel.
BrewMstr (84) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 version. Dark, spiced, and distinctive. Fruit undertones, but muted. Slightly bitter though without significant hop presence. Good Christmas season ale whatever the occasion!
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for this bottle. Pours ruddy very dark brown with a tan head that never made it. Aroma is smoky, rosemary, prune. Med body or nearly. Flavor is aged, wood, with what I’d call dried rosemary twig. Pretty woody. Suspect many aromatics have departed. Drinks well. Not excessively oxidized. Still has a touch of herb tang.
marcus (6419) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with no head and a smoky nutty dark fruit aroma. There is a slightly fruity dark malt flavor that has dried out over time, with a bit of rosemary in the finish.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/06/2010: Anchor Our Special Ale 2004... Aroma: Molasses, dark brown sugar, fruit cake, caramel, hint of ginger; brandy-like alcohol. Appearance: True mahogany color; opaque; scant beige bubbles on the surface; fine carbonation bubbles. Flavor: Dark, aged fruit cake; mild spice (clove, allspice, nutmeg; ginger); molasses; a tinge of oxidation in the middle; earthiness; chocolate and roasty coffee notes in the finish; bread crust, fig/date chutney, and roasted barley in the aftertaste. Palate: Medium-body; thin texture; mostly smooth. Overall: It still amazes me how well this beer can stand up to time despite it’s low alcohol and hop content; however, it is starting to fade a bit at this point; the finishing flavors and aftertaste save this beer for me...
12 fl. oz. bottle (4NJ) from IrishBoy via trade. Thanks Richard! Rating #423 for this beer.
Nordcore (1018) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33 cl. Label Merry Christmas 2011. Black with a large lightbrown head. Aroma of nice christmas spices(carnation), gløgg, chocolate, grapes and plumb. Nice sweet taste with a soft spices end, best christmasbeer i have had, waiting 1 year was worth it.
sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] This is a really, really solid beer. Perfect balance between spices and underlying malt, with vinous notes, and just mild oxidation. Good mouthfeel, smooth, and a long finish. Wow, I appear to be in the minority in how much I enjoyed this, but I thought that this was one of the best spiced beers that I have ever had. Much better than the ’05, which I tried immediately after this.