luvcasks (178) - USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark brown with gorgeousgarnet highlights and nice tan head
Very nice caramel, a little roast, some oak nutmeg, some dark fruits (figs) maybe some all spice
Flavor is almost like a porter while sliding away with a lighter body and a more festive flavor profile. The hop flavor is nicely restrained yet present to keep the beer enjoyable.
The finish is nice long, rich with short hint of figs and nutmeg leaving a slightly creamy dry finish
WOW! Another of my holiday must finds... still a solid beer year after year. For me this is beer to taste as it ages try some when young and with patience try in a year or two the spices change and is still a treat
Oh Yeah! Thanks to the brewers at Anchor for bringing the regular caps back instead of the screw tops
Sigmund (6281) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle, vintage 2007, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 5.5%. BB Sep.09. Very dark reddish bown colour, nearly black. Large and lasting tan head. Nice vinous and sweetish aroma, notes of malts, herbs, oak, spices and caramel. Malty flavour with moderate notes of caramel and herbs, moderate hops and spices in the finish and aftertaste. A very pleasant beer to drink.
Ungstrup (33425) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a slight brown shine under a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong spicy notes among them strong notes of spruce and cardemomme - a bit too much for me. The flavor is sweet again with strong notes of spices - especially spruce and cardemmome, but then a note of roasted malt joins in, and combines with the spices to give it an extremely dry finish.
salzy (14) - USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
í07 bottle purchased as part of a case from Waywood Beverage, Kennett Sq. Pa. Nose of Cola and nutmeg, small bubbles linger after the almost non existent tan head forms. Taste of mild sweetness, bublegum and assorted spice on the front end, roasted coffee beans on the back. Moderate carbonation, clean and refreshing. Worth the time
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 í07 bottle. I didnít really know what to expect from this.... I liked what I tasted. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Spicy on the nose and through the palate. Flavors of pumpkin, coffee and nutmeg are pronounced. A winter warmer... very festive. Solid beer.
tgncc (3078) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 Aroma is spicy, some nutmeg and other holiday spices. The appearance is attractive, A very dark, slightly translucent ruby/brown. The flavor is also dominated by spices, nutmeg, cloves. The finish is spicy, like nutmeg. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Not bad.
natejgood (466) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Iím rating the 2007 Spcial Ale. It pours relatively dark with a lot of medium brown head. The head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It smells of holiday spices, including nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin spice. It smells like the holidays. The flavor starts with some sweet coffee, moves onto some of the holiday spices, and ends with a bit of bitterness around the sides of my mouth. The beer leaves the mouth a little dry, and the carbination is very light. This is a very good offering for a holiday beer.
An update to my rating. The 2008 beer is just as splendid as the 2007.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 I really liked this beer. It was packed with flavor, too many to describe. Nutmeg and molasses are prevalent with hints of cinnamon. It was like someone took the spices out of a pumpkin pie and put them in it. Very good. Best seasonal.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Have had it a few times and never really got into it. Brownish pour and an interesting earthy, spiced aroma. Flavor is like an exploded spice rack with way too much earthiness. Still havenít tried any really old ones yet.....
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
í07 Bottle: Wow, this poured much darker than I was expecting. A dark amber/brown color with a small, white/cream head. Very earthy aroma with notes of burnt coffee, nutmeg, spruce and some other stuff I canít make out. Medium-light body with flavors of dark fruits, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and coffee. This is the first time Iíve had this brew and I find it to be quite damn delicious. Iíll definitely have to seek out some older vintages.