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.
slimspady (178) - 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.
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.
o_Merlin_o (176) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 version in bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a creamy dark head. Excellent lacing. Very light aroma of hops and dirt. Excellent hops palate. Quite aqueous. An excellent beer. Would be better if it wasn't so aqueous.
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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.
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.
truebluehes (171) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark, black brew with a beige head. Aroma is sweet with hints of spruce and a little malty. Flavor is sweet with nice bubbly mouth-feel. Spices hit quite strong with a dry finish with lingering roasted malt.
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. It’s very nice.