Padron4KM (764) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a tan head. clumps of lace
Aroma is interesting and complex, roasty, chocolate, liquorice, prune, spice.
Flavor is along the same lines, but the liquorice stands out more, with a little vanilla in the finish.
Interesting beer, but the heavy liquorice makes it hard for me to drink more than one.
adrian910ss (2490) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 vintage. Pours a dark brown with red tints and a medium beige head. Xmas spicy aroma with hints of dark berries, dark bread, figs and black licorice. Taste is malty with hints of dark cherries, faint chocolate, black licorice and light xmas spices. Not bad, but nothing special either.
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Vintage 2005. Pours a very dark brown with a reddish tint and a fine, light brown head. Very delicious aroma - spicy almost cola-like. Medium body with very roasted - but never burned - malt accents and some spices although they’re hard to pinpoint. The finish is dry. Lovely. 280607
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
mike and i picked up a huge ass bombr (50 fl. oz.) of the 06 for $12.99 in Little Rock a few weeks ago and are just getting around to drinking it. pours almost black with thick khaki colored head. smells like black licorice and cherry, with vanilla, oak, and hints of chocolate and spice. flavor is vry strange. stays with the black licorice theme with a lot of lemongrass and cucumber, with some green pepper and alfalfa. weird but good with carmel and vanilla and birch.
Svesse (7502) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 (Bottle, vintage 2006) Very dark brown colour with thick brown head leaving traces of lacing. Comlpex, roasted nose with chocolate, soy sauce, dark bread, coffee and notes of citrussy hops. Roasted, spicy taste with chocolate, dark bread and hints of juniper berries, followed by bitter notes of roasted coffee and, in the finish, notes of citrussy hops. Rather sweet, not overly hoppy, but with a balanced bitterness in the finish. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Maybe a bit more balanced (and less adventurous) than some of the earlier versions. Nice and tasty (even when sampled on a Midsummers eve).
nearbeer (4479) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Bottle, 2006 vintage. Dark brown black and nearly opaque. Huge lasting head. Aroma is blackberries and prunes boiled in wine and dry spices, with a dab of cream on top! Initial flavor is chocolate, raisins, figs and berries. Turns dryer and earthier towards the middle, and finishes with some sour and tart berry-wine flavors. Lots of other flavors; in many ways tastes like a mild (alcohol-wise) Belgian abbey ale. Palate is thick and mostly smooth. Nice buy at an $8.49/six fire-sale in June 07. Update: 07 version is similarly nice. Update: 2008 version is annoyingly spicier and much less tasty.
FatPhil (12201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Keg (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Really dark, almost black, tight cappuccino head. Huge aroma - dark fruits, spices and ginger. Huge, but wonderfully well integrated range of tastes. Dark fruits, raisins, plenty of chocolate malt, burnt caramel, and some tantalising spices - some not out of place in a christmas pudding. Anchor’s best ever beer (so far...) (8-4-9-4-16=4.1)
Rerate: Bottle 2007, drunk 2010-01 (7,4,8,5,15=3.8)
Really mellowed, rich, spices also mellow. A proper non-gimicky winter ale. Lovely smooth palate,carbonation soft. Finish delicately burnt, but very liquoricey. BCs well.
Rerate: Bottle 2010, drunk fresh (7,4,7,4,14=3.6)
Sweet spicy aroma, very spicy - cakey. Deep red, small ring head.. Spicy - woh!!! mint! Full and roasty body, but the mint comes through so much. Full palate, sweetly smooth, crisp carbonation. Finish has roasted choco. Very drinkable, packed full of flavour. Refreshing. Good, but possibly weak compared to prior ones. Too light?
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First thing I noticed was how much darker this beer was than most Spice/Herb/Vegatable’s.
(2005 Vintage) Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma is plesant with notes of malts, fruit, raisen, black liqourish and ginger root. Flavor is Extremely complex with a perfect balance, notes of malts plum, spices, nutmeg, clove, mollasses, and chocolate. I could never get enough of this beer. Without a doubt my favorite Spice/Herb/Vegatable so far.
mccracke (6) - USA - JUN 17, 2007 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick dark brown beer, can’t see through to the other side of the glass. Thick light brown head. The various flavors blend well. Malty and delicious.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Sim rate (bottle from Rudiger): Ridiculously complex aroma: berries, sweet spices (particularly clove-studded oranges that you have at Christmas), cranberries, plums and brandy. Almost perfumy. Fucking amazing! Very dark black cherry colour. Flavour is lacking in the complexity of the aroma with a bittersweet finish. Plum, blackcurrant and spices pop out. Great beer!