Slubgob (182) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
201. Nearly opaque mahogany with a fine white head clinging to the glass. Not getting a lot of aroma.in the mouth it?s a bit thin, which makes it an easy if not very intriguing drink.bit of overbrewed coffee bitterness and dust or cocoa in the back. Add it warms up a bit it rounds out some. Basically a winter brown ale, decently done bit not terribly different from others out there. Really not being any of the spices other reviewers ate picking up on.although as it gets warmer maybe a bit in back?
RyanK (180) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red with alight brown head that is small and quick to dissipate. In the light it looks similar to cranberry juice with a lot of bubbles. Smells of yeast, cloves and spices, maybe some cinnamon? Definitely an interesting smell. Body is watery and bubbly, with a little bite to it. Taste of light and easygoing hops and malt that provide a little roasted bitterness. Other elements such as the spices and yes cinnamon comes through. Very earthy tasting and smelling, interesting but not leaving me yearning for more.
marv3mania (179) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is ruby-tinted dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, pine, and some light holiday spices. The aroma gets richer and maltier as the beer warms. Taste pretty well follows the nose, with a fruity taste at the front and the holiday spices at the ends. Very nice, with lots of different tastes and smells. I like it.
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
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.
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.
slimspady (175) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 Poured into Innis and Gunn tulip. Some maple sweetness in the aroma. Maple, some roast malts, spices. Very little bitterness. Nice, tasty beer.
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 I’d by in huge quantities.
tillmac62 (174) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2013 2013 - Pours a rich dark brown with a caramel head that lingers and laces well. Nose is of spices, mostly clove, and fruit - maybe raisins - against a slight dark malt undertone. Body is thin. Taste is of spice, mostly ginger and cardamom but a prune flavor is also present. Not complex at all. More dark malt would improve this beer quite a bit. Good carbonation. Finish is of spice with a slight lingering spice induced aftertaste and bitterness. Good but not great.