JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear deep brown, with a thin creamy light tan head on top. Nose is spicy, some brown sugar, with a bit of very light roastiness in there also. Hard to get a handle on. Taste starts off with very clean, light brown sugar and a hint of roasty malt. Dry, light, and clean. Spiciness emerges about 3/4 of the way through - at different points, you get evergreen needles, nutmeg, clove. Maybe a bit of cinnamon. Finish is long, dry, and somehow fluffy and light, with a bit of lingering roastiness that comes out more in the finish than in the actual flavor. Mouthfeel is spot on, light and fluffy. Really a superb beer.
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 2010 Edition
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on October 19, 2010 according to date code printed on label.
Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with faint ruby highlights a 1-2 finger creamy dark tan head.
Smell: Sweet mix of winter spices with nutmeg and ginger being the most obvious.
Taste: Winter spices up front followed by mild citrus hops in the middle and ending with lightly toasted malt at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of spices and toasted bread.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these on a cold evening.
Overall: Very good beer overall. Anchor never disappoints me. Iíd recommend picking this up this year (and every new yearís subsequent variation from here on).
Reviewed 12-22-2006 - - Rating: 4.5/4.0/4.5/3.0/4.0
Appearance: Poured a near black color with hints of red. Nice dark cream 3 finger head. Very reminiscent of Guinness.
Smell: Very strong aroma of hops with a nice mix of spices.
Taste: Nice smoked flavor building into an interesting mix of spice and a hint of coffee. Lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Slightly bubbly at the beginning from the carbonation followed by a smooth, medium-body. Not as thick as I expected. Goes down very smooth.
Drinakbility: For what it is, a winter warmer, it has high drinkability. Itís not something you grab when looking for refreshment but I could see enjoying a couple in one sitting.
Overall: I think the 2006 was a high quality beer. It has a nice flavor that will send me out to buy a 6-pack before theyíre gone. I would recommend it as a winter warmer.
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma of ginger and slight pine, medium frothy head, dark brown pour almost like thinned out molasses, ginger/molasses taste with a bit of sweet fruitiness - 2011 version
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into Pint Glass, insane amount of thick, creamy head. A lot darker than I expected, looks like the color of black coffee with a slight translucency.
First whiff gave me some spice and alcohol scent. Second gave me a huge hit of citrus and hops. Very appetizing though the hoppy scent always throws up an alarm in my neck of the woods..this may be out of my league.
Finally as the head settles a little bit, I get a taste. Wow, very smooth and unexpected considering the heavy scent. Very well balanced with a fruity taste at first leaving a lingering citrus aftertaste. The hops from the scent are there, but not nearly as overpowering as I thought it would be. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick as this has a major coating sensation. Color me impressed.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer helped me win a best of seven pool match, which turned into a best of ten, for which I then lost. Good beer though. Unique tasting herbs, just right for holiday times.
falco242 (381) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty darker pour than expected with a light coffee foamy head. The aroma is toasted malt and molasses. The flavor is pretty nice with the maltiness and it has a touch of hop at tthe end. The molasses adds a sweetness and I also get a touch of a red wine type flavor. Not too shabby but nothing to write home about
VinegarStroke (381) - Napa, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: deep brown to black. Clear with very thick head. Huge lift of spice and florals. Some roasted flavors but they are dominated by the herbaceous additives. Dry, not sour and medium bitterness. Phenolic not bitter. Loads of flavor itís just that not all of itís nice.
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark earth color with very small tan head. spicy sweet treacle aroma with a light orange peel note. smooth thin body. spicy cocoa earth flavor, like a spiced brown ale. the spice is pretty complex: sage, nutmeg, and i also pick up some yeast phenols. good very layered but its body seems awkwardly thin
sblsimone85 (379) - USA - MAR 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Birra natalizia della anchor affumicata tostata aromi di caffè x una buona birra, amaro da tostatura.
---Rated BY Italianbeer85
revolution2718 (379) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Version. Pours very dark, some red in there. Nose is gingerbread, spices, brown sugar. Taste is gingerbread, spices, cinnamon, orange zest, on the end there's a little bitterness, almost like burn cookies, a roasty note. Baked apple also, with the cinnamon, and a lot of sugars. Thin but not watery. Very good.
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