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.
brigg (593) - 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 yearís 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>Louís Beverage Barn) Soft and spicy but kind of sour...Pours dark birch beer brown with a tall tan head. Aroma is mostly spice, although Iím 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.
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
So I had both the 2005 and 2006 editions today thanks to ross and I have to say I liked the 2006 better. I have to say this beer poured darker and with a darker head than the 2002, 2004, or 2005. Aroma was present and spicy almost like a cooking experiment gone wrong. Taste is where this beer sells itself. Bold, spicy, and sweet to start but then a welcoming bitterness to end. This is something that I didnít experience with the earlier years. Good damn beer
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 edition: Nice very thick darker beige head. Thin but full lace down the glass.
Not much aroma, some spicy malt smell.
Very dark color, darker than expected, some reddish brown highlights on the edge, but very dark.
Nice flavor, malty spicy flavors. rather dry finish. NOT a thirst quenching beer. Rather grainy after flavors. Nice with a meal though.
Aurelius (4939) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 vintage. Very sensual nose from the bottle - dark bitter chocolate, yeast, fine unlit cigars, floral elements. Astringent, acidic, dark chocolate, moderately sweet, licorice, coffee. Medium body. Finishes off with a toasted nut and chocolate flourish. Low carbonation. Beady caramel-colored head, dark cola brown beer. Good cap, bad hippie font this year on the label, good engraved tree. Tangy on the lips. Just a shade across the session line -- a little too acidic and clingy in the tailend for you to want to sit and swill six of them. It was a fine brew though.