Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. Pours a medium-light brown with thick head that has good retention, lacy patterns on the glass. Very malty on the nose, slight hint of cherry/fruit and a bit of caramel. Very interesting spice flavor with ginger being dominant, reminds me of egg nog and root beer a bit, little hop bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Flavor and body linger for a while.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Pours a black ruby color with a large tan head. Great lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruity chocolate with notes of spice. Flavor is strange; chocolate and fruit maybe, with notes of alcohol on the finish ... different, but great. Mouth feel is slightly carbonated with a silky body. Good winter brew!
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap in san fran or in bottle in maryland. dark black with very small light brown head. light spiceing and a rich indertermineate malt. pretty good stuff.
truebluehes (161) - 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.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
interesting beer. Lager journey. Something woodsy in here. Maybe pine nuts or evergreen. Nice and refreshing light and bubbly. Would like to drink another with some flapjacks.
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 This is a fantastic beer. Pours a dark amber color with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and Cinnamon. Great mouthfeel. Complex flavor. Tastes of cinnamon, roasted malts and chocolate. Pefect balance of everything. Very sad to take the last sip of this one.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(a 2006 bottle) For some reason all anchor beers taste better in my franziskaner weizen glass. pours an ebony red color and if you hold it up to the light you can see alot of bubble action. The aroma is a strang unique smell that i coulnít detect. The flavor is spicy smooth with a pleasant arpeggio rip of notes.
chribban (160) - SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 edition. Best before september 2012. Still very drinkable. (august 2013) ABV: 5.5 Nice dark brown almost black color with a three finger light brown head. Milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, malt, brown sugar and yeast. Almost no carbonation. A hint of oxidation, still a very good beer!
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
colour is dark brown with a reddish tint. pours a reddish tanned thick, dense, foamy head that stays on forever. looks very balanced. the aromascape is interesting with malt, dark bread, berries, wood, juniper, alcohol, dark chocolate and caramel, a sweet fruit, ginger and dough. the taste completely suprised me with the most sweet hops finished off with low tasty bitterness. leaves a salty drop on the lips. a round sourness finishes the package. the palate is extremely well done; the body is creamy and oily textured and full, but not overpowering. it just flows in and carries the tastes incredibly well. might be one of the best iíve had from anchor. great job.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(2012) Weird, interesting beer. Indeed, almost every aspect of the beer surprised me! Much darker than expected, though a lightly colored head. Necco wafers (!), berried hard candy and a touch of juniper in the smell, along with some mellow but certain root beer action. Summarily, smells like a root beer Necco wafer. None-the-less, not too sweet, nor junipery in the flavor. That being said, definitely on the sweeter side, but even as a guy who shies from such, Iím enjoying this one. Actually a pretty enjoyable flavor, if not a bit confusing. Indeed, this is a good example of a beer with a heavily accented flavor that is still well-balanced in itís overall taste. Mouthfeel was a bit sparse, and aftertaste suffered in comparison to the flavor, but these werenít detriments. My only complaint is that it never really occurred to me what I was drinking. Which, come to think of it, isnít necessarily a complaint.
Off to work on this very large bottle.