sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 ale. Pours blackish with a brown head. Heavy ginger aroma. Medium-heavy body, you get a roasted malts and spices dominate the palate. Good brew.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a big tan head. The aroma is really cool... mint and light, bitter hops blended with spruce...! The flavor is great, with caramel and malt rounding it out nicely. Mouthfeel is light, but not too watery. A really nice, unique holiday beer.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 2009 bottle. Pours a velvet-mahogany; very dark. Thin tan head with little lacing. Nose of cinnamon, spice, and cranberry.Taste of strong apricot, nutmeg, plum, ginger, clove, molasses and pine; a warming brew. A little hot for 5.5abv.
Rerated after tasting 2010 bottle. Dropped one in aroma and appearance. Still good for the category. Will try this again next year.
tangentrider (144) - USA - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007--Beautiful dark brown ale with a creamy brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is spice and juniper. Spice and spruce with nice bitter note and a bit of warming. medium body, creamy, bitter finish moving to mild sweetness.
Slubgob (141) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
201. Nearly opaque mahogany with a fine white head clinging to the glass. Not getting a lot of aroma.in the mouth it?s a bit thin, which makes it an easy if not very intriguing drink.bit of overbrewed coffee bitterness and dust or cocoa in the back. Add it warms up a bit it rounds out some. Basically a winter brown ale, decently done bit not terribly different from others out there. Really not being any of the spices other reviewers ate picking up on.although as it gets warmer maybe a bit in back?
ScipioA (140) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a 12 oz bottle from the 2013 batch. I havenít had the others so canít comment in comparison. Pours out a dark brown with a chocolate head that reminds me of many porters Iíve had, but with slight red tint. Nice big pillowy foam. Even once the foam had gone away there wasnít much to the aroma to note, some roastiness and a little wine-like yeast stood out. Sweet with sort of a bittersweet chocolate fruityness. However the spices are very distracting, itís like accidentally getting all the spices youíd use making gingerbread dough all up in your nose. Very light mouthfeel with a surprisingly strong alcohol flavor for 5.5%. Call me a grinch but I just ainít digging these spiced winter seasonals.
Tabednar (139) - - NOV 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.19.2011 - Houston, TX
Very complex and actually light bodied despite itís appearance. Spicy and rich that is a perfect Christmas beer.
sblsimone85 (138) - 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
foosnbrews (138) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 bottle- Beer poors dark with a light tan head. Aroma is of roasted grains and a bit of spice comes through in the aroma. The Flavor is similar to the aroma with a roasted grains coming through and a hint of spices. Molases flavor also comes through at the beginning but fades through the beer. Bitterness is tame and roasted grain bitterness seems to come through more than anything else. Beer finishes extremely dry Overall beer is good.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First thing I noticed was how much darker this beer was than most Spice/Herb/Vegatableís.
(2005 Vintage) Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma is plesant with notes of malts, fruit, raisen, black liqourish and ginger root. Flavor is Extremely complex with a perfect balance, notes of malts plum, spices, nutmeg, clove, mollasses, and chocolate. I could never get enough of this beer. Without a doubt my favorite Spice/Herb/Vegatable so far.