Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark red color, wood, alcohol, pine, with a hint of hops and faintly of plum brandy. On of the better xmas brews.
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 vintage, courtesy of mgermani. Been meaning to try and rate this for years and am finally getting to ’er. Poured dark brown with a hint of orange, medium tan head with little retention. Brown sugar, savoury herbs, citrus rind, and raisins on the nose; flavour is slightly vinous with tree fruit and herbal notes, roasted malt and bittering hops on the finish. Oddly light mouthfeel, quite heavily carbonated, but pleasant overall and worth having again.
hetyu (115) - HUNGARY - MAR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2012) - Darkest brown with small town ring of head. Christmas spice aroma, lots of clove, slightly perfumed and floral. Taste is rich malty, cocoa, clove, toffee mad molasses. Medium bodied with a clean finish.
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Always a nice anchor beer for its time of year..spice,malt.. some smoke in the beer..
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 2006
Pours near opaque dark red. Huge coffee-colored head. Aroma is spicy cinnamon. Flavor is malty with a lot of cinnamon, peppermint, a spice kick and a lasting bitterness. Really nice and would go well by a fire.
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very spicy armoa and taste, ruby black color. Cloves cloves everywhere. Nicer than I would have thought after hearing how spicy this was.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this beer out of a bottle. It is a full flavor, but frankly not my favorite. it has a smoky taste to it and that just doesn’t work for me.
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks ekstedt. Dark reddish black with a tan head. Burnt sugar, cloves, nutmeg and soap. Sweetish with some bitterness. Medium bodied, light carbonation.
cryfreedmb (113) - Ocean, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice deep red pour with a 1 inch think light brown head. Pour looks great. Aroma is of malt and multiple spices. Flavor is of malt, toffee and then an array of spicies. Slightly bitter at the end. Nice brew. A beer that is great around the Holiday’s. Not something to drink alot of or at any other time of the year.
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured out a deep, opaque brown almost black, with a very small dark tan head. The aroma is quite spicy and roasty. The flavor was heavy roasted malt, woody cinnamon stick, nutmeg, rich earth, faint hops. Nice and full on the palate. Definitely a fixture in my house for Christmases to come.