leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 version out of bottle from brewers droop, Bristol. pours deep dark ruby with an orange brown thick persistent head. Aroma is warming with doughy spice like light cinnamon, there is an earthy character against the soft roast nature and possibly spruce notes. The flavour has a dry, nutty roast/char flavour which is balanced by a silky texture. There are subtle spice notes here. Toward the back of the tongue there is a liquorice flavour reminiscent of my early homebrew but much cleaner and later,, some doughyness is perceived in the flavour. Overall, some great flavours and certainly a multifaceted beer though i would say the dough character is somewhat overwhelming some other aspects of the beer. Very nice, though.
klas (405) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alias Anchor Christmas Ale. Bottle from Systembolaget. 26 SEK. Blind tested yesterday evening at the yearly Winter/Christmas seasonal brew testing. Belgian yeasty/spicy aroma/taste.
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a 12 oz bottle from the 2013 batch. I haven’t had the others so can’t comment in comparison. Pours out a dark brown with a chocolate head that reminds me of many porters I’ve had, but with slight red tint. Nice big pillowy foam. Even once the foam had gone away there wasn’t much to the aroma to note, some roastiness and a little wine-like yeast stood out. Sweet with sort of a bittersweet chocolate fruityness. However the spices are very distracting, it’s like accidentally getting all the spices you’d use making gingerbread dough all up in your nose. Very light mouthfeel with a surprisingly strong alcohol flavor for 5.5%. Call me a grinch but I just ain’t digging these spiced winter seasonals.
BadAprilia1000 (404) - 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
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a huge fan of this one.
Pours a ruby-brown color with a very thin head. Cannot place aroma, almost like dried dates. Taste is slightly toffee-like with hints of spiciness that I cannot quite place.
A fun beer to try once, but I probably won’t be picking it up again.
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just okay. I wanted to note that ratebeer totally pussed out by not including a separate 2005 and 2006 version of this beer, but merely has 2005 and later. Way to mail it in, ratebeer. If it’s a different beer every year, we should honor it, even if it is only half-assed. Enjoy.
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Without a doubt, I feel warmly filled with the Christmas spirit after drinking this delicious spiced beer despite it being mid-February.
Dark mahogany pour with decent beige head, this winter beer hits the drinker with a sweet mixture of spices (cinnamon? toffee? someone suggested pumpkin)
I noticed a strong chocolate presence as well.
Very smooth spiced beer that finishes well.
wihlan (403) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Flaska från systemet - Doftar verkligen jul och lite parfym. Färgen påminner om julmust och med vitt skum. Har en tydlig smak av jul med men tyvärr smakar den parfym med.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish/black body with large tan head. Coffee nose with a touch of chocolate and alcohol. Light - medium bodied. Coffee flavors are balanced by elements of cinamon, clove, nutmeg, roasted nuts, and finishes with a gentle lasting hop bitterness.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at UPick6 in Erie PA. Aroma is.... gingerbread? and other spices such as cinnamon, brown sugar, light molasses, malty, some dark fruits underneath. Every year "IS" different. This is better than last years. Flavor is, ginger, cinnamon, somewhat sweet, caramel malt, brown sugar, some hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering sweet and spiced aftertaste. Carbonation is up there, prickly, medium body. Very nice. I would like to find a 6 pack of this.