michaelinwa (612) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maybe the best feature of this beer is the aroma, which smacks of black cherries. Pours with a fantastic thick head that lasts, and a great reddish, chestnut color. The taste is somewhat on the dry side for me, and it is mostly clean malt with a some interesting but I think too subtle background complexities along the lines of cherries and a hint of dark chocolate. Overall, I like it, but there are so many winter ales that I like much more, so this one will likely not be in my fridge again.
beerbaaron (1340) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown with excellent frothy light brown head. Earthy. Mild bitter. Fair roasty. Very modestly spiced. Dry. Interesting
Douberd (2593) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Anchor Our Special Ale (2005 and later)) Bottle 355 ml at home, 2014 vintage, served into a snifter, ABV 5.5%
Deep brown red colour on the body with a tall and thick tan head, with good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass.
Aroma of spices, sugar, light caramel.
Sweet taste with caramel, spices on the finish, toffee and a long bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with soft carbonation and a slightly sticky palate.
gegwilson (1455) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby with a cream head. Nice sweet fruity aroma. The taste is caramel with bitter fruitiness. Some toffee and mixed spice. Tasty stuff.
jmgreenuk (4961) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at The Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Poured a reddish brown with a frothy white head and some broken lace. The aroma is rich spicy over ripe red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a light veggie mineral light fruit palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
beer_est_deus (746) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Anchor Christmas Ale -- Mörkt orange-brun med ett orange-latte färgat skum. Doft: Bränd hallon sylt, körsbärs godis, honung, sött bröd, kryddor. Smak: Kryddor, jäst, lager, damm, malt, gammalt godis med frukt smak, lite avslagen Fanta, ginger ale, kardemumma.
Baramba (205) - ITALY - DEC 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. Dark amber with small off-white head disappearing very fast. Aroma and flavour of spices, yeast, raisin, gingerbread.
Werckmeister (77) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 18, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Hawidere. black color, good, compact long lasting head. smells like vegetables and spices, cloves and pumpkin. medium body, aromatic spicy, tastes of pumpkin, light sweetness / light to medium bitterness, which seems to come both from hops and malts. the combination of sweet and bitterness with the spices doesnt work for me at all. too weird for me.
conway (1626) - - DEC 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark cola with a thick off white head. Aroma is mostly ginger. Taste adds some weird earthiness. Thin and strong carb. Not good.
tricyclist (843) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint pour of fairly deep brown, with a thin tan head. Nose is Christmas,
Some spices of nutmeg, brown sugar, molasses. Flavor is molasses, some Christmas spices, nutmeg and ginger, like a gingerbread man, but not a gingerbread house.... A sassy gingerbread man. She’s a sassy one... A sassy gingerbread man-woman. It’s a transvestite. A delicious transvestite gingerbread individual. Anyway, it’s a solid beer.
sic1314 (3812) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As Anchor Christmas. Poured deep reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon,, liquorice, dark fruit. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, fairly heavy going.