chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, deep brown pour that light barely penetrates. Topped with a frothy dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Great nose – ginger bread cookies and sweet dried fruit. I could smell this all night! Palate is somewhat thin and mildly carbonated. Taste is more bitter than the nose suggested. Some of the ginger comes through in the flavor. Has a nice dry finish.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t know if aniseed and corianderar are part of the spicing but whateverit is it is gross. I taste cranberry more than cherry. Unbalanced with too much malt. Syrupy and a bit cloying. Yuck.
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle, vintage 2005, bought at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen a year ago. I suppose one year aging in the cellar has enhanced the flavour. Pours a yellow-brownish head over a deep, rusty brown body. The smell is rather weak but dark fruit offset by vanilla can be detected. Rich and complex taste of aniseed, dark malty sweetness, black coffee and spicies (a pepper note). The beer finishes off with crisply bitterness. Medium palate (20.12.2006).
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An annual disappointer, the spices are always way too much in this beer. To Anchor’s credit, age can work wonders on some years. I had the pleasure of multiple vertical tastings of 20+ year-old to near-current bottles, and there were some real winners in the pile. 2006 has assertive spruce and other holiday spices, but not quite as intense as the last several years. Still, one bottle a year usually does it for me. Worthy of setting aside to follow the maturation.
mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice even flavor. Taste like traditional anchor steam that has been malted up a bit. Slightly chocolate/vanilla overtones.
brigg (562) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Dark mahogany body with thick brown head. Aroma has chocolate, cherry, spices, and is moderately sweet. Taste is medium sweet with a hint of fruit (cherry, among others); rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Light to medium body but leaving a mouth-coating film afterwards.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottled at beer bistro. Dark brown / black pour with a full malty and sweet smell. Even more prevalent in the flavour. Not quite as enticing as the Traquair. Could use a bit of restraint. But the beer quality to it is still anchor special. Clean and crisp. And it does the job getting you drunk.
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The darker of the two beers I drank, the second I drank and the second in my heart.
Malty, syrupy and spicy (think aniseed and coriander, not chile peppers). Worth a pint if you want something new and different and you like "holiday" flavorings.
GTown (127) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is plum and raisins. Brown sugar, vanilla and coffee flavors mixed with some chocloate. Not as good as year’s past. Middle of the road Christmas offering. Aging would probably enhance the rating.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle (2006) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/augusta/l target=blank>Lou’s Beverage Barn) Soft and spicy but kind of sour...Pours dark birch beer brown with a tall tan head. Aroma is mostly spice, although I’m not sure what (cinnamon?, clove?). Mouthfeel soft and smooth. Scant patches of lacing. Flavor predominately mirrors the spiciness of the aroma. Malty but not really sweet. A pleasant, quality brew but there was a sourishness that kind of threw me. Also was getting some soapiness in the finish.