Shot (451) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 2013 pours dark brown with a rocky beige head. Aromas are chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, orange peel and hops. Upfront malty flavor with dark chocolate, spice, and raisin. Slight apple and licorice finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Another great brew and year from Anchor!
two7offsuit (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malt and spice. Taste is thin malt with some spice.
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brownish black with a tannish head. CHristmas like aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon, and gingerbread. Taste is much the same. A quafable x-mas ale.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark amber pour, rocky cream colored head. Nice lacing. Rather unassuming aroma, some malt, citrus, Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert spices. Flavor is much more standout than the nose. Nice malt and hop citrus and pine up front. Mellows to slightly sweet and the spices. Clean finishing and surprisingly filling. Liked this one a lot, much better than the previous 2 years. Though none of these Christmas ales have been bad.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage, nice dark pour, light and fluffy head, dissipates into a nice thing lacing, spice combination is excellent, dark beer characteristics, nice malts, also detecting hops, and a fruity (cherry?) flavor as well. Basically a bunch of great flavors and sensations, put together into a beer that flows well, and surprisingly everything fits together like it belongs. Excellent holiday beer, rivaling the best for me. Surprising drinkability as well, I am adding this to my annual buy list.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Dark brown pour with a small brown head. Nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet berry aroma. Very malty with a mix of spices that combine for a muddled taste with a sweet, nutty finish. Watery texture with lively carbonation. A good Winter ale but I was hoping for even better based on the aroma.
Hanuta06 (444) - 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 (444) - 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
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.
climberbob (437) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle. Dark ruby. Different to earlier years w more pronounced spruce or some other similar notes. Good solid Xmas beer.
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