leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 version out of bottle from brewers droop, Bristol. pours deep dark ruby with an orange brown thick persistent head. Aroma is warming with doughy spice like light cinnamon, there is an earthy character against the soft roast nature and possibly spruce notes. The flavour has a dry, nutty roast/char flavour which is balanced by a silky texture. There are subtle spice notes here. Toward the back of the tongue there is a liquorice flavour reminiscent of my early homebrew but much cleaner and later,, some doughyness is perceived in the flavour. Overall, some great flavours and certainly a multifaceted beer though i would say the dough character is somewhat overwhelming some other aspects of the beer. Very nice, though.
DocJitsu (1586) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with ruby glints where light comes through. A large brown-khaki head forms and retains well. Prune, brown sugar, and a little coffee are noted in the nose. I like the way this drinks--a soft, moderately thick fashion. Muted sweet prune fruit, light sorghum, and some of that homebrew recipe in a box characteristic are all noted in the flavors. Reminds me of a British Porter.
Barreras (1524) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown almost black color. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is slightly nutty with a good dark malt flavor. Easy drinking with a lightly dry finish.
mzaar (2703) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaska. Dofter av kryddnejlika, malt, karamell och vörtbröd. Smakinslag av kryddnejlika, ingefära, karamell och apelsinskal. Något tunn i kroppen.
MetalNHopHead (1292) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Over the years, people have put their brains and palates to work trying to figure out just what the hell Anchor’s Christmas Ale is flavored with. Enough secrets have been leaked over the years you could probably figure it out after enough time on the internet. However, it’s more fun not to know. Besides, the formula changes from year to year, anyway. The 2015 release is dark brown with shades of mahogany. It has candy notes redolent of dark fruit (especially plum), toffee, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, molasses, and spices (cinnamon & nutmeg). While this is a malty brew, I was happy to note some fresh and lightly citrusy hops. The comparison is probably cheesy, but trying to guess at Christmas Ale’s components is like shaking a holiday present and trying to figure out what’s inside the box. Shit, that was lame. I’m becoming a sentimental, foolish bastard.
Samuel214 (441) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaska från SB. Mörk rubinröd, brunsvart vätska med mörkbeieget halvt finger tjocker skum som lägger sig. Sötsur och maltig doft av russin, torr choklad, hubba-bubba tuggummi, råglimpa, pumpernickel. Även en aning lakrits, kaffe och en nypa julkryddor. Medelstor, halvtorr kropp; inleder något större för att sedan lägga sig ganska kvickt. Kanske en aning för mycket kolsyra. Ganska kraftig för sin låga alkoholhalt. Inleds med kaffe, fudge och en del mörkrostade toner - gränsar nästan till en stout! Kanske en aning ekfat och enbär. Sötman tillbakahållen i jämförelse med aromen. Efterbeskan är främst kaffe. Helt ok!
blueshockey24 (397) - Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle purchased in CO. I pick up pick up chocolate, raisin, herbal and licorice notes. I’ve been trying it since 2007 and feel this is one of my favorites. I liked the 2007 a lot and feel this is very comparable. Hard to be 100% sure without the ability to try them side by side. I’ll hunt down a case of it.
McNeillR (2164) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Let’s split this between the 2014 and 2006 batches...cheers Craig.
Dark Chestnut brown, wee bit of cloudiness and a decent light tan ringed head. Nose is very pungent cinnamon, warming spice and soft nuttiness. Initial taste is lean sweetness, soft warming choc and builds to a light herby ess. Dense enough carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Finishes clean spicy roast and lingers spicy good times.
GlasgowTAD (1309) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is raisins, toffee, malts. Taste is raisins, toffee, earthy hops, dust and slight spice.
pityu (560) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2014 - Light brown colour, nice creamy tan head with lacing. Aroma of raisins, gingerbread, cloves, honey and some resinous hops. Taste is dried fruits, ginger, cinnamon, honey with citrussy hop finish. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Not my favourite style, but i appreciate the balance, roundness and complexity. Nice christmas beer.