Ragnampiza (181) - ITALY - FEB 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 vintage, 355 ml bottle from beer-shop.it served in a snifter. Dark copper/maroon with some purple tinges, pretty clear, and a frothy light brown head, lots of big bubbles and not very persistent. On the nose dark fruits, wild type of fruits (blackberries), sour black cherries under spirit, cinnamon, light nuttiness. Not overwhelmingly spicy, quite smooth and velvety, even though I can feel a soapy flavour before the roasted malts and nutty notes. Too fizzy for my personal preference, but it gets better after some swirling. Light to medium body and oily texture. So so.
Hopswagger (179) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: Deep dark mahogany body topped with a thin short lived later of micro bubble tan head.
S: Smells like christmas. Burnt toffee, nutmeg, butterscotch, spruce tree, hints of vanilla bean, cinnamon and sweet molasses.
T/M: Taste follows the nose with loads of spices, brown sugar and sweet malt. Stingy carbonation in a medium body. Darks fruits and tart apple peels come out toward the end. Finish is semi dry and finishes with bitter-sweet prunes coated in brown sugar.
O: A great warmer for Christmas time. Robust flavors and complexity blended into a great beer. I read a review that mentioned Dr. Pepper flavor and I can totally get that in this. Anxious for next year.
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a small tan head. Sweet, spiced aroma of nutmeg, molasses and spices. Flavor of sweet malts, brown sugar, and nutmeg.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle on Xmas Day... Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Nose is a nice roasty malts, with tons of spices. Get cloves, nutmeg, cinnnamon, slight nutty aroma as well. Flavors are a same as the nose with the spices shining on the front. Nice sweetness followed by a nice bitter chocolate finish. Medium bodied and a good beer especially on the holidays.
luvcasks (178) - USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark brown with gorgeousgarnet highlights and nice tan head
Very nice caramel, a little roast, some oak nutmeg, some dark fruits (figs) maybe some all spice
Flavor is almost like a porter while sliding away with a lighter body and a more festive flavor profile. The hop flavor is nicely restrained yet present to keep the beer enjoyable.
The finish is nice long, rich with short hint of figs and nutmeg leaving a slightly creamy dry finish
WOW! Another of my holiday must finds... still a solid beer year after year. For me this is beer to taste as it ages try some when young and with patience try in a year or two the spices change and is still a treat
Oh Yeah! Thanks to the brewers at Anchor for bringing the regular caps back instead of the screw tops
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with minimal white head. Nose is pleasing with a rush of chocolate, spice and bready malt. Palate is slightly sticky with heavy carbonation. Flavor is surprsingly close to a wheat (banana, clove) at first, followed by chocolate and gingerbread that finishes a little acrid and chewy. Pretty good overall with the flavors working up until the end when they become a bit harsh.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 2007 - Pour DARK brown, with a nice, one-finger head. Aroma is spicy, but not as strong as I was expecting. Flavor is malty, with a holiday spice finish (allspice, cinnamon?). The mouth is creamy and smooth. Overall a nice traditional seasonal , but not one that Iíd by in huge quantities.
theviolet (173) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 Bottle Into Tumbler.
Aroma seems very spicy in a holiday type way with a bit of caramel. Not something I particularly enjoy. Looks nice, small tan head, rich brown body, good lacing. My initial thought when tasting it was wow, bitter. As i swallowed, the bitterness was replaced by holiday spices, and a slight bit of sweetness. Aftertaste was again bitter in an almost toasty, slightly burnt way. Has a bit of creaminess, but not overly prevalent.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is released yearly by Anchor and each one is a little bit different. This year is a brownish amber color. The flavor has hints of spice, is a touch tart, and has a little bit of dark fruit to it. Itís very nice.
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured much darker than I thought it would. Almost like a porter to echo Strykzoneís comments with a full tan head. Sweet aroma of something that I canít make out. Taste is full, sugrary and lingers. Not something Iíll pick up every year. Kind of a let down considering how reliable the guys at Anchor are.