mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 bottle. Pours an almost black colour with a beige head, On the nose I got some fresh, but artificial, citrus (made me think of detergent) mixed with some ginger, roasted coffee beans and julmust (a swedish christmas soft drink). The taste is a bit sweet and resembles the aroma but with much more ginger!
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 edition served at 52 degrees
very dark with a big head that quickly fades. very malty aroma and flavor. not
as thick as it looks flavors are somewhat subdued lacing is good. taste better as it warms
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2010 version) 35,5 cl bottle from a beer retailer. It pours a completely black (with little ruby tones) liquid with a medium-high light brown spongy head, that sadly dissipates kind of fast, but lasts throughout the beer, leaving a little lacing. The aroma has roasted malts, chocolate, sweet licorice (mainly), spices; a little too sweet all in all. It tastes better: roasted malts everywhere, spices, with the hint of chocoalte and a good flavour of sweet licorice, as well as some porto wine and herbal hops. It has a gentle carbonation, medium-full body and a medium bitter very dry finish. Pleasant herbal and licorice aftertaste. It is not my type of beer, but it is an awesome brew. Presentation (bottle and crown cap) is very good, as always with Anchor Brewing (I’d wish for a different crown cap than Liberty Ale, though).
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours DARK red-black with a foamy tan head. Aromas of cherry, anise, chocolate and a hint of spice (ginger, nutmeg). Flavors of cherry, smooth, light chocolate, cola/root beer, molasses, with dark chocolate and black cherry flavors coming through seconds later. A bit too tarty/sweet on the finish and mouthfeel could be thicker. Amazingly complex, though, and a little bit warming. Like fruitcake.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, deep brown pour that light barely penetrates. Topped with a frothy dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Great nose – ginger bread cookies and sweet dried fruit. I could smell this all night! Palate is somewhat thin and mildly carbonated. Taste is more bitter than the nose suggested. Some of the ginger comes through in the flavor. Has a nice dry finish.
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark malt aroma with caramel (which comes with dark/amber malts) aroma. Black/dark brown in color with a nice and frothy tan head. Pale amber start with a malty aftertaste. Taste like a poorly made homebrew.
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasty spicy holiday beer. Pretty consistently good -- I’ve had this from other vintages. Malty aroma, and little smoky, perhaps some coriander and orange taste. Not too heavy or spicy, good bitter finish, and definitely my favorite holiday beer.
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chestnut brown with thin head. Low-medium carbonation. The most interesting aroma, almost like fresh gingerbread out of the oven. Taste is surprisingly dry, but spicy. Cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate flavours are present. Mouthfeel is ok, a little bitter & muddy like you would get while having an espresso drink or dark hot chocolate. I like it because it’s so different.
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 - Single bottle from Total Wine. Very dark amber pour with a small tan head. Heavy lacing. A lot of vanilla and ginger in the aroma, along with some pine, citrus, and dough. Pretty heavy malt taste to start, then grass/pine, bread, bitter chocolate. Finishes with some cinnamon/ginger spice. Medium-bodied, low carbonation. Not bad, but wouldn’t keep me from reaching for a lot of other winter releases first.
sblsimone85 (255) - USA - MAR 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Birra natalizia della anchor affumicata tostata aromi di caffè x una buona birra, amaro da tostatura.
---Rated BY Italianbeer85