biirusaikou (2477) - - MAR 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toffee, gingerbread, licorice, hints of alcohol, bitter coffee finish. Does have most qualities of a classic xmas brew, but somehow a bit unbalanced, specially by Anchor standards.
ninecats (479) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog, Christmas 2014. Bottle. Dark brown with two finger tan head, dissipates quickly leaving some lacings. Wonderful aroma of pine needles, vanilla, spices, liquorice, malt. Taste about the same with a dry finish. Medium body, light to medium carbo.
Towey1989 (1748) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 Keg at Brewdog Camden. A slightly hazy deep brown colour with a thick creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, aniseed, caramel and nutmeg. Taste of roasted malts, herbs, spice, liquorice and nutmeg. Light bodied and a watery texture. A crisp, herbal finish. Little thin but nice flavours.
njnut (434) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to lager glass a bottle brown with huge tan head that lasted. Plenty of tan lace. Aroma was a wonderful spice infused malt that was not overbearing. Really a nice change from the pumpkin spice bombs of the fall. There were notes of spice, vanilla, malt, and clove in the taste. Well done and something that changes a bit year to year and I look foward to it.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an ale I look forward to every year. This is dark and malty and perfect in the cold. This is great looking and smells amazing.
batneil (605) - - FEB 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost pure black with a decent head. A bit malty and bitter, quite nice. Fairly fizzy.
willisread (2268) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Masuyo’s Liquor in Asagaya. Poured into a shaker pint. Deep rich brown color (almost black) with a nice tan medium-sized head. Strong malt aroma with hints of vanilla, coffee, coriander, spruce and pine. Balanced on the palate but tends to lean toward the resiny, piney side. Chewy maltiness and oily mouthfeel. Starts out slightly sweet on the palate then swings toward a sticky, dry finish with the resiny flavors and cinnamon and nutmeg lingering.
chimpgibbon (533) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014. One of my earliest good beer experiences in 2010. Anyway enough nostalgia. This is a little over spiced, or under malted. Either way it’s trying to be bold without any trousers on. It’s still great though, just a little more booze and something to tame and have a comforting hand on the shoulder. Nice lacing.
alomtnez (329) - SPAIN - FEB 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish frothy medium head, diminishing.
Aroma is prune, ripe fruit and toasted malt.
Redish dark brown. Clear medium body.
Taste is roasted malt, spicy (cinnamon, ginger), citric, prune.
Oily texture, medium carbonation.
Aftertaste is slightly acid with dry bitterness.
cruff1 (3) - Eaton, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing head retention! very dark porter brown color. First impression of a bitter vanilla bean, not in bad way. Almost a smoky vanilla. Also good medium/full body hops are earthy and a hint of spruce or pine finish. Not a lot of aroma some malt aroma.