phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft served in a tulip at International Tap House-Soulard. Pours a dark amber-brown color with a tan head that laces the glass. Aroma of figs, cherries, lums, vanilla, caramel malts, raisins, grapes, nutmeg, and other winter spices. The flavor stays pretty faithful to the nose. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a malty, spicy mouthfeel. Good winter beer.
Scopey (6238) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2010 edition on tap at the Euston Tap. Colour; dark ruby with bubbly beige head. Nose; GINGER, sweetness, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste; bitter, dominant ginger, warming sweetness, nutmeg, pumpkin and currants. Too thin and weak for a christmas beer!
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark chocolate in color, beige head, foamy, nice lacing. † Cocoa, slight coffee, chocolate, herbish, with a either the white or black Necco wafer on the nose. † Necco wafer tainted malty start with fairly sweet chocolaty finish. † Not many brews like this one. † Definitely herbish, and also has a bit of licorice or anise. † Very interesting. † Body is fairly nice, mouthfeel seems moderate. † Long finish of those Necco wafers. † Good thing for Anchor is that I really like Necco wafers. † Good, and very different.   Very similar to last year, but a bit more flavorful I think.
KyotoLefty (6172) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 vintage, one year old. Magnum bottle. Huge spice, licorice, anise, cinnamon, canít really tell. Roasty bitterness that is stout-like. Fresh dark fruit: cherry, blueberry. Very interesting--rich yet rather light-bodied. Very fruity, with too much spice to drink much of, yet itís fun.
downender (6151) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2006 edition) from Corks, Bristol. Deep ruby red colour with a short-lived tan head. Big aroma of christmas cake with plenty of cinnamon, nuts and dark fruit. Chewy mouth feel with plenty of spiced flavours and a dry, hoppy finish. Very enjoyable.
Ernest (6149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, dark chocolate), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of allspice, nutmeg, scorched pine needles. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
larsga (6139) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small light brown head over deep dark barely translucent red body. Deep, sweet aroma of hickory, cloves, cinnamon, and some paper. Notes of licorice. Taste is dark wood, some bitterness, and the aftertaste is a mix of licorice, wood, and tar. Surprisingly tart taste compared to the sweetness of the aroma. Interesting and complex; also quite challenging because of all the spices. Very well balanced for such a spicy beer. (0.355l bottle.)
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Immediately familiar spice/malt nose bears a solid caramel background to the ginger/cinnamon/cloves/nutmeg. Not as expressive as I remember still. Burgundy-Brown, clear around the edges body, forming a regular beige head that slowly diminishes. Always has this interesting apparent complexity of aromas, though I canít say if it comes up to the sum of its parts. Spice derived bitterness brings no dryness in if perhaps diminishing the sweet feel. Really dull loose mouthfeel is a catastrophe, proposing pointy carbonation that accentuates the spices disparateness rather than bringing them together thus making the finish chaotic (ginger gum!!) and severely fatiguing grapey sweetness, kinda syrupy. Christmasy in its sticky pine gum spiciness. I usually enjoy OSA a lot more, but it is as if the attenuation is not as advanced for now and I doubt time could chime in enough to compensate.
after4ever (6069) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 12-oz bottle. Pours a deep piano-key ebony with a dense, substantial tan head that falls to lace within a couple of minutes. Definite soft fragrance of squash and some cinnamon. Creamy, pie-dough mouthfeel, with that spicy pumpkin coming through. Big roasty finish. Hops are there just enough to steady the flavor, rather than contrast or enhance it. Really a beautiful way to spend a winter evening...or, well, count down the last couple days before Memorial Day (put ice cubes in your pockets if you really need that frosty nip). Another Anchor triumph.
arminjewell (6069) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz 2011 bottle pour at home is dark reddish almost black, thin off white head as well. Aroma brought notes of caramel, chocolate, some coffee and roast, with some spicy ginger, cinnamon and clove in there with the pine needle/juniper notes. Taste is a mix of chocolate, coffee, spruce and ginger notes combining actually fairly decently, a slightly spicy and bitter finish. Different, but enjoyable!