winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with reddish edges and a full, lasting, tan head. This is a very complex beer, a light acrid roast flavor combined with a minty, spice flavor with the possible use of ginger. Hop bitterness is moderate and balancing, with some floral flavor an aroma. Very dry roasty finish.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. 2011 version. Has notes of pine (spruce?), notes of roasty malts. Mild spiciness to the aroma as well. Dark red color with medium tan head. Slightly sweet with a very mild sourness on the back end.
Its a pretty good winter ale. This is the first version of the beer that I tasted. I enjoyed it. Definitely not my favorite, but good nonetheless. Although my grandmother sampled this and loved it.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Midnight black with thick tan head. Consistent retention throughout.
Holiday spices hit nose, some liquorice and notes of toffee.
Medium body with tastes of roasted malt, coffee. Very milky. Could use some more flavors.
Not too exciting, could be better, but overall okay.
TOSG55 (219) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a deep brown-black with a medium tan head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, fruit, and spice. The flavor is similar, with a nicely complex malt profile, and notes of caramel, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and some things that I canít put my finger on. Sweet, but not cloying. Quite nice.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful beer. Absolutely beautiful. Dark brown, almost ruby color with a nice fluffy head.
Smells pretty sweet, a bit malty, but mostly sweet.
Hmmm.. not quite as intense as I was hoping out of this one. From the look and smell, I was expecting a whopper of a taste and it just wasnít there. Sweet taste with some evident spices but didnít really taste any malt in there.
I think I probably should have held on to this one for a while. Only bought one bottle and wanted to try it, probably should have waited.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is beautiful, deep ruby red. Very malty, toasty caramel malt. Lightly spiced. Not a big hop presents, pretty good warming beer.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 bottle. Mahogany-brown clor with thick tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, brown sugar and some toasted malt. Flavor is similar but a little over-hopped with a sticky, soapy finish.
beerlord (215) - tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 2006 vintage, Nice deep brown hue with a tin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is all nutmeg, flavor is nutmeg whit some molassese. I hate this beer. Other than megaswill i never say that, i find it that offensive. rating 1.8
2007 version: Malty/Chocolate/nutmeg/ginger aroma, deep ruby body with a nice tan head. Slightly malty flavor then that damn nutmeg takes over, but teh spices donw and makena really enjoyable winter brew. This is better than 2006 version but itís tuill not a good beer
TheBear11D (215) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Anchor Merry Christmas, Happy New Year pours a dark brown color with a frothy tan brown head that doesnít linger too long. The aroma features a lovely mixture of raisin, cranberries, cinnamon and pine. The flavor is cranberry, cinnamon, pine and molasses. Overall this is a very solid brew.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brixieís, Brookfield IL. Spices pretty subdued. Most noticable was the dry finish with a touch of bitterness. I think I liked the Great Lakes Christmas Ale a little better.