MercyDevice (345) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich dark brown with a full, light brown head. Complex; with fruit, nut, and coffee notes. Just the right amount of bitterness.
shoulderbroken (1991) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle. Dark amber colour with creamy golden head. Aroma is unsurprisingly spicy, ginger, cloves, parma violets, cinnamon maybe, bit of malty creaminess there too. Taste is not so spicy, lots of sweet maltiness, spice lingering in the background, light citrus, rasins, dark fruit. Bit thin maybe. Nice enough though.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. pour brown with a little thin wispy khaki head. Aroma has plenty of Christmas spice. Taste is more Christmas spice malt. Palate is medium and dry/chalky. Fine beer, not all that exciting.
gizmo_ber (157) - - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 edition. Great spice blend, but goes down very smooth and creamy. A delicious ale.
majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Anchor’s 2013 version of their "Special Ale" during the holiday and/or winter solstice season. Pours dark, with big tan head. While dark, it is not heavy. Has a robust malty, spicy flavor. Much better than the last two "Christmas beers" I have had...
superspak (2565) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, ginger, nutmeg, juniper, spruce, brown bread, licorice, floral, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, ginger, juniper, nutmeg, herbal, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, juniper, ginger, nutmeg, brown bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good winter warmer style. Good balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
HeadyDE (501) - Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bomber 2013 recipe..pours a dark brown black with a slight tan head..nose is reminiscent of piney tree sap..molasses..maple syrup..pretty interesting..light bodied smooth almost creamy mouthfeel that has flavor profile almost a match with the nose..quite easy to drink..nice tasting..great looking bottle..Christmas tree is awesome..enjoyable..
goozen (2928) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0,33ltr: Dark brown coloured brew with red glow. Bitter taste and some pine-like flavors, some hints of dark chocolate.
Foffern (1190) - Bodø, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Has a slightly hazy reddish brown colour with a beige, medium, coffee-like head. Interesting and complex aroma of cloves, more spices, licorice, port, dried fruit, chocolate and oak. Very spicy and medicinal flavour with a slightly sour touch, and more pine. Smooth mouth feel, and a light bitterness. Complex and interesting aroma. One of a kind beer, but the flavour is not my cup of tea.
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mild vegetable quality, gingerbread quality, musty, clove vibe but ultimately a bit thin and slightly watery, dank. Not my cup of tea.