Samuel214 (442) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaska från SB. Mörk rubinröd, brunsvart vätska med mörkbeieget halvt finger tjocker skum som lägger sig. Sötsur och maltig doft av russin, torr choklad, hubba-bubba tuggummi, råglimpa, pumpernickel. Även en aning lakrits, kaffe och en nypa julkryddor. Medelstor, halvtorr kropp; inleder något större för att sedan lägga sig ganska kvickt. Kanske en aning för mycket kolsyra. Ganska kraftig för sin låga alkoholhalt. Inleds med kaffe, fudge och en del mörkrostade toner - gränsar nästan till en stout! Kanske en aning ekfat och enbär. Sötman tillbakahållen i jämförelse med aromen. Efterbeskan är främst kaffe. Helt ok!
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle of 2012 poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a frothy two-finger tan head. Aroma is caramel and roasted malts and very spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is malty and then very spicy.
Hanuta06 (440) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: from bottle--purchased at The Beer Junction.
Aroma: moderate malt and floral aroma.
Appearance: very small, light-brown initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Dark-red/light-brown body.
Taste: lightly sweet initial flavor and lightly sweet, roasty finish with average duration.
Palate: medium bodied with watery texture and lively carbonation.
mintzmeet (436) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark branchy color. mellow spicy aroma. full bodied in flavor, but not texture. pops with a bit of juniper. Christmas spices with dark sugar and ginger biscuit
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours like a coke in color, with a handsome, frothy, quarter-inch head. It smells like Christmas in a bottle: eggnog, fruitcake, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla curd are complemented by piney, herbal hops. Very inviting. The mouthfeel is medium to light, velvety with adequate carbonation. The taste is primarily bitter from the hops, with a spicy, orange-pelt sweetness rounding it out towards the end. It’s good, but it does not deliver on the promises the nose made. I generally like my Christmas-season beers a lot stronger, darker, stickier, and sweeter, but I enjoyed this.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a dark brown color with a bubbly tan head. Lacing stuck around for the entire glass. Aroma was nice with hints of all kinds of spices, nothing over the top. Has strong taste of ginger and spices, and tasted a bit like eggnog. I was hoping for a little more of a punch out of this to help warm up the night. Beer was fun to sip on during a cold night, but one was enough.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this beer. I’m not a big fan of spice/herb/vegetable adjuncts, but I did enjoy this beer quite a bit; perhaps, because I couldn’t really discern the adjuncts. It tasted to me, like a solid, well balanced ale of complex character.
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 - Dark brown with a tan head. Gingerbread and brown sugar aroma. Malty spicy flavors, ginger being the predominant spice. Fairly dry as one might expect from a 5.5 ABV beer. It is nice, but it is also time for Anchor to bump this once-a year-beer up a notch or two.
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Deep mahogany with huge head. Sweet and rich aroma, some hops. Taste is malty with notes of cocoa. My biggest problem is the palate, which borders to thin. Slightly disappointed.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Cinnamon, spruce and beef broth - a bit off-putting, actually.
Ap: Dark brown, transparent when held to the light - medium tan head with good retention and very nice lacing.
T: Coffee and some dark caramel - cherry esters mixed with a firm bitterness mid-palate - finish is malty with toffee, pumpernickel, and black licorice.
P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is quite dry.
O: As always, this beer is complex, satisfying, and just a pleasure to drink. However, in contrast to other years, the aroma for the 2011 vintage is sort of nasty, but luckily that does not carry over to the flavor.