Benzai (5769) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small bottle (with 2010 on it), shared with Drebus. Great color, dark with a deep-red glow. Makes you feel warm in cold days just by looking at it. Smelling it is completely different though. I smelled pepper! On first notive the taste is good, light bitter, but the aftertaste is pepper again, and that is somethibng I do not want to taste in my beer.
after4ever (5731) - 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.
drowland (5694) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12/15/10. 12oz bottle. Nice brown pour with lots of red under a dmall fluffy brown head. Sweet, spiced aroma that reminds of cinnamon, bubblegum, and definite ginger. Spiced, almost burning flavor that starts somewhat sweet but is quickly loaded with cinnamon, mace, ginger, butter, and more. High carbonation emphasizes the burn even further. Interesting.
Svesse (5689) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 (Bottle, vintage 2006) Very dark brown colour with thick brown head leaving traces of lacing. Comlpex, roasted nose with chocolate, soy sauce, dark bread, coffee and notes of citrussy hops. Roasted, spicy taste with chocolate, dark bread and hints of juniper berries, followed by bitter notes of roasted coffee and, in the finish, notes of citrussy hops. Rather sweet, not overly hoppy, but with a balanced bitterness in the finish. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Maybe a bit more balanced (and less adventurous) than some of the earlier versions. Nice and tasty (even when sampled on a Midsummers eve).
crossovert (5644) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a magnum bottle, taste Christmas! This one taste sort of like Christmas tree and Christmas caramels. I liked it.
downender (5640) - 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.
marcus (5621) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This dark brown ale poured with a nice tan head. The flavor is very malty with a spicy finish. This year’s brew seems maltier and less spicy than most of the previous years.
blankboy (5616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Pours black with ruby hues and a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of Xmas spices, brandy, hops, roasted malt and molasses. Flavour is predominently Xmas spices followed by sweet malt, sugar and a slight hop bitterness. Body’s a little thin. It’s pretty good but it’s also quite sweet, I can only handle it in small doses
5000 (5613) - 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.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in Stone RIS snifter: The beer is quite dark, nearly opaque with a small but lasting fizzy head and some nice lace, a bit oily as well. The aroma has spruce, nutmeg, cinnamon, smoked beachwood, caramel and a hint of chocolate. The taste starts slightly acidic and fruity before a nice dose of spice and pine kicked in. Much more balanced than many of the lastest offerings of this brew, more like I remembered when I bought a case of this stuff every year (which I have not done since that disaster of 2002). Smooth mocha and bready undertone with a finishing touch of smoke and bitters, even a bit of coffee. The feel is thin-bodied yet crisp and refreshing. This is what I want in an OSA, now I will have to go out and get some more. Fritz would be proud of this brew.