madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Pours brown with a red hue when held up to the light. Thick light brown head. Fruit, leather, some toffee and spices in the aroma. Taste of toffee and some fruit, dry and finishes with some tobacco. Not bad for a holiday brew.
TheEpeeist (3668) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - 2006. Burgundy brown with a short, smooth tan head. Grape, orange, cloves. I think sangria or mulled wine. Rather sharp and fizzy. Toffee is overwhelmed by wood alcohol and bitter spices. Sour apple with a chalky finish.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz "and later" bottle. Pours a dark redish brown with a small dissipating head. Aroma starts off really weak so I let the beer sit. Then the spices start peak through, which is nice for the aroma. Some nutmeg, ginger,wood, and cinnemon. Tastes of nutmeg, light toffee, and some off tangy quality that seems like it should be fruity, but itís not. Finishes dry, and even more woody, while the cinnemon lingers in my nose. Cloys badly in the finish, and the beer wasnít even that sweet to deserve such an effect. Without the spice flavors and aromas, thereís nothing going on in this beer at all. This beer reaffirms my experience with Left Handís XXXmas, in that I just donít want these darn spices in my beer.
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
My bottle was 2006... brand new. Smells and looks a lot like soy sauce...add some strong ale aromas. Tastes okay. Not terrible...but I was expecting more of a spiced pale ale or something. oops. Very odd malts and sour flavors. Dark. Tan head.
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy malt aroma with hints of banana, toffee and spices. Frothy head with a red body. Moderately sweet with a bitter finish. Tastes of fruit and ginger. Maltier and creamier than other Christmas beers that I have had.
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 Ė 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 donít 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 (10000) - TromsÝ, 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 ōlbutikken 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 Anchorís 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.