RyanK (119) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red with alight brown head that is small and quick to dissipate. In the light it looks similar to cranberry juice with a lot of bubbles. Smells of yeast, cloves and spices, maybe some cinnamon? Definitely an interesting smell. Body is watery and bubbly, with a little bite to it. Taste of light and easygoing hops and malt that provide a little roasted bitterness. Other elements such as the spices and yes cinnamon comes through. Very earthy tasting and smelling, interesting but not leaving me yearning for more.
samsmith33 (187) - - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drinking the 2012. Toffee. Fruitcake. Brownish black. Thick for an ale. Cloves. A bunch if other flavors I like, but can’t identify. Boom shanka.
Marheb (1167) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pain aux bananes, tarte aux pécanes, sirop d’érable, gomme d’épinette dans un corps moyen à la robe rouge étincelante. Ce type m’excite rarement et ce n’est toujours pas le cas. Elle est agréable, c’est déjà beaucoup.
raradel (227) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes the ’08 &’09 and they are very very different. The ’08 is more like a stout and the ’09 is more like an spiced ale. Similar flavor profiles, very different in the body and carbonation. Looking forward to the ’12!
klas (106) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alias Anchor Christmas Ale. Bottle from Systembolaget. 26 SEK. Blind tested yesterday evening at the yearly Winter/Christmas seasonal brew testing. Belgian yeasty/spicy aroma/taste.
Bricks (457) - Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2012
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
A dulling syrupy smell. Dark appearance. A very clovey taste, watery with a bit of hops. Not good at all IMO.
ciaranc (365) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown, creamy off white head. Toasted malt, grass, pine, molasses on the nose. Toasted malt and a sour, acrid liquorice flavour. Quite thin bodied. Finish short with a hint of cinnamon and spice. Flat carbonation. ok.
kryon (690) - SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with low off white head
Aromas of spices, blueberries, some coffee
Very herby of cinnamon, ginger and othstuff I cant recall. Low bodied, medium bitter, a bit too watery
Sathorael (82) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich mahogany with a thin tan head. Not much lacing. Aromas of spice and malty sweetness. Taste is roasted malts, spice, mild buttery sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and a brief sweetness.
Atheist_Peace (702) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. The head is sort of minimal and leaves a thin ring of tan lace. Lots of holiday spice on the nose with hints of the forest. Fuller bodied than I would have guessed. The same spices and forest notes across the palate. Reminiscences of gingerbread houses.