beastiefan2k (3590) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 2005 bottle. First thing I have to write is the flavor is chocolate mixed with some sort of spice/herb. Poured into small Sam Adams glass. No head. Color is black. Smell is distinct, some sort of spice. Body is medium, Taste is great, like I mentioned off the bat. Finishes with no bitterness at all.
Rerate time: 2005 bottle. This one split into snifter glasses. This beer without a doubt is much better than the 3 previous vintages I have drank tonight. Taste is still chocolate heavy with some spices in the background. Has not changed much in the past year. Rating will stay the same.
2006 bottle. A slightly different version where the spices overtake the chocolate which I loved so much in the previous version. A bit more bitterness to this version. Not so much a fan as the 2005.
Re-rate 2006 bottle I cannot believe, how much a year (plus) has done to this beer and how much better it tastes. Just what I like about this beer, the chocolate from the malt comes in and the spices easy off just a bit but still there. Very easy drink, this seems to be a bit more carbonated then I remember any other vintage. In the past 5 years or so.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 2006, consumed during our 2002 to 2006 vertical, Dec. 2008. Typical OSA pour with nearly opaque brown body and mocha head. The aroma is fantastic with rich dark fruitiness, dark molasses, toffee, earthiness, wow. The taste is rich too with perfectly ripe black grapes, chocolate, faint burnt molasses and smooth winter spices. Very nice.
2005, consumed during our 2002 to 2006 vertical, Dec. 2008. Another typical OSA pour with nearly opaque brown body and mocha head. The aroma has lots of smooth blunted spices, gingerbread, dark rye bread, dry earthiness and filberts and hazel nuts. The taste is very similar. Yum. I get a mixture of gingerbread cookies, some rye twang, a bit of velvety dark chocolate, earthiness and rounded out by filbert and hazel nut like nuttiness.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 Release 2007
The beer departs the stubby 12-ounce bottle a clear brown with a portly creamy light tan head; as it evaporates, the lace provides a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, followed closely by the spices, cinnamon, and cloves, crisp and clean. Start is decently malted, sweet and a touch of bite at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops perfect; the spicy sweetness carries to the end, as always a good drinking beer that only gets better with age.
Anchor Our Special Ale 2006
The beer pours from the stubby 12 ounce brown bottle a deep mahogany color, the head modest in size, the color a light tan and the texture creamy as it fades away, the lace forms a concealing blanket to cover the glass. Nose has a sweet malt presence, spicy and appetizing, hints of pine. Start has a nice malt profile, the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is sternly acidic, somewhat sweet, the hops delightful, and the aftertaste dry and lingering, a good beer, but one that improves with age.
Upon its extraction from the 12-ounce stubby brown bottle, the beer sets in the glass jet-black with a creamy tan head that is mountainous in size as itís slowly fades to nothingness, the lace forms a thick blanket to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet with hints of Oak, Cherries, maple syrup, quite a treat for the old schnozzle, start is lightly sweet, the grain presence delightful, top is light to medium in its feel. Finish is delectable in its acidity, the hops pleasingly spicy, the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a fine drinking beer that does improve with a little age.
Tmoney99 (13602) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with a huge frothy light brown head that lasted. Good complex sweet spicy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Good sweet bitter spicy flavor with an average finish. Complex good brew.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured very dark crimson with a nice frothy head that never completely went away. Aroma is a little light, but good. Milk chocolate, cinnamon, peat, caramel and slight spiciness. Very nice flavor, very balanced among many different constituents. Smoke, peat, bakerís chocolate, toffee, malt, cinnamon, spices and even a subtle English hop presence. Very good.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a lot darker than I thought it would, a blood ruby with brown murk. Very good head retention.
The smell is subtle candy sweetness, light, airy malts, and a slight English style hop sense, I smell Fuggle, though I have no idea what the hops really are.
The taste is slightly tart at first, like a dubbel. Sweet with yeast. low dark fruits and a slight nutty toffee finish round this beer out.
Damn fine brew!
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with reddish edges and a full, lasting, tan head. This is a very complex beer, a light acrid roast flavor combined with a minty, spice flavor with the possible use of ginger. Hop bitterness is moderate and balancing, with some floral flavor an aroma. Very dry roasty finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep woody brown, almost black with a nice thin lasting deep beige head and long lasting lace. Aroma is a great blend of pine forrest, juniper berries and thick caramel malts. Hints of clove and nutmeg along with a nutty malt characteristic is also noticed in the smell. Lightly bready, hoppy, somewhat sweet caramel malts, deep crystal malt- sharp intense sweetness that almsot has more of a burnt smokiness and is very fruity. Dark fruits like plum and raisin in the flavor as well. Finish is nice clean and crisp. Smooth.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 19, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer pours a deep reddish color with an off white head. Tastes of apple and other spices at first, and then trails off into a bitter cascade hop flavor, which then trails into a pretty poor aftertaste. I think this beer gets by on itís name mostly. I wouldnít drink another.
Reid (2337) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful looking ale here..dark brown with crimson and ruby accents and a totally gorgeous creamy "coffee ní creme" coloured head..beautiful.
Aroma is slightly fruity, hints of spice and treacle, slightest hint of hop.
Thate taste is of dark maltiness, prunes come most to mind, then "mincemeat pies and orange peel, then a very dark roasted coffee, prune juice finishes off the mouthful..slight peppery aftertaste.
Very good on the palate..quite invigorating.
I really liked this and think it might age even better..truelly a Christmas Pudding in a beer glass!