Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2008 edition. Pours dark brown/amber with a light brown head. Aroma is piney and ginger. Flavor is hoppy with pine notes, dark fruits.
mikeyo1 (235) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 edition, bottle @ home. Nice head with good lacing. Moderately sweet, herbal nose, hints of licorice, orange, ginger, some clove. Taste is somewhat dry with moderate sweetness. Medium body and soft carbonation. Hints of honey, licorice, ginger, grass. It ends with a nice hitting touch of pepper, and some lightly sour dry bitterness.
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. has a thick roasted maple aroma. pours a dark brown with a very thick dark tan head. has a very nice smoky flavor. maybe a hint of eggnog??
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of toasted almonds, roast malt, nutmeg, cinamon. Appears a deep ruby red-brown with a small thick tan head that lasts and leaves lacing. Flavor is nutmeg, cinamon, and lightly bitter hops, followed by sweet malt (like a red ale), and finishing with roasty notes. Palate is medium-heavy and very creamy. Overall, this beer quite interesting and a bit more than the sum of its parts. Oh, and its excellent with chocolate truffles.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark, amber tinted, brown color. Comes with a two-finger head of dense chocolatey colored foam. Great retention and great lacing, too.
Smells almost sweet. Nice caramel malt presence. Big notes of brown sugar and toffee. Smells of cherries with a hint of strawberries (!). Holiday spices of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Dryer than, and not nearly as sweet as, expected. Itís actually quite subdued, compared to the nose. Almost bland.
The spice notes are fairly overpowering. Ginger is the dominant one. Light cinnamon and clove. Slight hint of peppermint. Hints of dark molasses. Malt base is buried, deep.
Everything just cancels each other out, and no flavor gets its chance to shine.
Medium body. Very smooth and slick. Easy to drink, but thereís not much to it.
Very drinkable, because there just isnít much going on, inside this glass.
Anchor is generally one of my top christmas brews, every year. Iím kind of let down by this one. At least when itís still fresh. Iíll try it again, later.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I donít know what other people are drinking, this is one of the best Christmas beers. Almost black color with a nice malt and nutmeg and ginger aroma. The flavor is again Nutmeg, ginger and to my mind holly. There are a few beers I look forward to each year and again this does no disappoint - thankd, Fritz.
nittanytide (231) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured opaque dark brown, with a foamy, tan head. Aroma is bread and dark chocolate. Taste is toasty, but a little watery on the back end. Good, but nothing ďspecialĒ.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Poured with an average-to-large sized head that dissipated to 1/2-finger. Good lacing. Body is very dark, with ruby highlights, and completely clear.
S: Lots going on with the aroma, with hints of spices (nutmeg), pumpkin, and smokiness coming through. Very layered but not at all overly-intense.
T: Very flavorful, the taste is almost as deep as the aroma. Lots of spices are present, provoking memories of Christmas as they intended. The beer isnít too heavy at all, despite the amount of flavors that are there.
M: Medium-bodied, slightly thin texture, with average carbonation.
D: This is a very nice beer... wish I had had the 2008 to compare. Looking forward to the to 2010 to see where Anchor decides to go with it. A great Christmas beer.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2007 bottle! Pours a dark espresso brown. Off white thick, frothy, and creamy head. Looks a lot like root beer. Roasted/toasted caramel aroma. Malty with some essence of chocolate, and spicy brown sugar. Very intense punch of flavor right to the tongue, slightly smoky oak. I also get some nutty notes, and some creamy milk chocolate in the finish. The palate is very unbalance. Harsh flavor and mouth feel all over at first, but as it roll to the back of your tongue it mellows out a bit. Buttery and full. Itís interesting, but could be better.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky brown with tan head into a Lindemans tumbler. Malty, spicy aroma. Definitely get that Christmas winter warmer from this one. Starts spicy, little malty sweetness, ends with a little roastiness, some nutty flavor, coffee, spice. Surprisingly got better as I drank. Pretty nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation; pretty damn drinkable. Ended a lot better than it started. Nice lower abv warmer.