badwhale (419) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to a pilsner glass. Poured a brown / orange / copper color with an off white head. Had the scent of pine, a little. Kind of a watery mouthfeel, and tasted of spice / herbs / pine. Iím not a SHV fan, so itís hard for me to give a really strong rating, however this wasnít too bad.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light aromas and flavors of dried dark fruits, roast malt, caramelized apple/banana and holiday spice. Reminiscent of your average Belgian Dubbel or quad, except with a very watered down mouthfeel and finish. Decent aromas and flavors, just thin. Overall, a light and quaffable holiday ale, perfect for your average family/work gathering.. as I assume it will likely make numerous people happy with its holiday flare. Not bad, though a long ways from its Belgian cousins.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
The color is a deep black with a tint of a dark red when held to the light. The head is a foamy reddish brown with so nice lacing leaving a film on the glass.
The smell is somewhat spicy with a little cinnamon. (I have a head cold)
The taste is malty and is bit bitter with some nice flavor of bread, some yeast feel, and a floral hops.
This beer is a bit of a mix of spicy hops and heavy bitterness. It has a nice mouth feel to it and it not too heavy and also pretty refreshing.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a black body with a thick beige head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, and a slight cola flavor. Finishes dry.
vmilaxer29 (412) - Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Has a nice spicy aroma after you pour it, but the taste doesnít seem to match the smell. The beer could definitely use a higher alcohol content and more distinctive flavor. Not a bad winter ale.
CEZ (412) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark brown body, good tan head. Smells like licorice, flowers, caramel, yeast. On the palate, it shows a strong toffee and roasted malt character. Smooth and medium-bodied, with loads of subtle spicy notes coming through (orange peels, nutmeg, pine). Long slightly tarty finish. Complex, yet quite drinkable.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2007) Pours a dark brown hue with a nice, tan head. Aroma of great Christmas cookies; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Malty body gives way to spiced finish, almost like a fres gingerbread cookie. I look forward to this release every year.
cgreb (410) - Marburg, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle (asheft) 2007 - dark brown beer with a thick beige head. Spicy aroma like cinnamon. Flavour has a lot of fruits and spices.
MarkBarnes (409) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dec. 15, 2006. 12 oz. bottle of 2006 vintage sampled Dec. 8 at Farm 255, Athens GA. Drank this one in dimly-lit conditions at my sister-in-lawís wedding party, and am now referring to hastily scrawled notes on the back of a business card: "Raisiny, hoppy, frothy, full-body, lasting malt palate, dark fruit, 18/20, aroma-avg." Sounds like it was pretty good! ;-) (Havenít met an Anchor product I didnít like -- a lot.)
BadAprilia1000 (407) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours a nice ruby red color with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, and yeasty gingerbread. Taste is very much so gingerbread and Christmas cookies in general with sweet malts flowing throughout, along with a very prevalent nutmeg note. Great flavor in this beer, big but drinkable