mintzmeet (336) - 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
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body and a thick brown head. Malty, spicy aroma includes cinnamon, nutmeg, light pine and a touch of cocoa. Flavor includes moderate malt(slightly chocolate), spice and licorice followed by a lightly dry, roasted malt aftertaste with a bit of smokiness.
falco242 (335) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty darker pour than expected with a light coffee foamy head. The aroma is toasted malt and molasses. The flavor is pretty nice with the maltiness and it has a touch of hop at tthe end. The molasses adds a sweetness and I also get a touch of a red wine type flavor. Not too shabby but nothing to write home about
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 From Bottle, PDC@Pittsburgh, PA
2005-Drank from bottle, did get a nice whif of the spicy aroma. First sip brought with it woodsy, earthy flavors, and spices in the aftertones. Very nice, drinkable, smooth going down brew.
2006-From Bottle. Tan pour with some highlights, light tan head, 1-inch thick, creamy looking and laced the glass. Aroma was malty and not as spicy as last year. Flavor was balanced with woody, bready, molassas flavors. Full Bodied. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.
ninecats (334) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog, Christmas 2014. Bottle. Dark brown with two finger tan head, dissipates quickly leaving some lacings. Wonderful aroma of pine needles, vanilla, spices, liquorice, malt. Taste about the same with a dry finish. Medium body, light to medium carbo.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2009...I remember liking previous years much more. This one is thin in flavor primarily, mainly a brown ale, with some burnt roast added with a hint of pear juice or maybe pineapple. Weak this year. Would not recommend unless you like brown ales.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Vintage. Poured a beautiful dark ruby with a dark tan head. Aroma was a understated mix of sweet malts, fruit and spices. Taste: sweet malts, fruity, spices... great mix that really tastes like a Holiday desert to me: apple, mild caramel, cinnamon. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, very well balanced. Overall a very good brew.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 2008 bottle. ok i dont remember this beer being this bad, but i have learned a lot since the last one came out. honestly all i can think of is jagermeister with this one. its like somebody put a shot of it in a very light bodied porter and thats wtf is in my glass right now. i think its going down the drain.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage consumed Oct of ’08. I was really drunk when rating this so keep that in mind while reading my notes.... Pours a black/brown with a nice sized tan head. Aromas of....Its Anchor X-mas!! Cedar, spruce, syrup and hops. Flavors....god I love this stuff. Spices, hops, malts, and woody flavors.This has aged quite nicely. 2004 vintage was always a favorite of mine, but the ’05 has held up quite nicely.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t know if it’s me that changed or the beer that changed but it doesn’t seem as good as previous years. Too sweet and cloying now. I seem to remember more spice before.