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.
WanderinCelt87 (173) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.
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.
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark with some translucence around the edges. Fairly stout-like appearance. Aroma is pine and a bit of ginger with some malty sweetness. Flavor is underwhelming. Some bitterness but not much flavor.
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured much darker than I thought it would. Almost like a porter to echo Strykzone’s comments with a full tan head. Sweet aroma of something that I can’t make out. Taste is full, sugrary and lingers. Not something I’ll pick up every year. Kind of a let down considering how reliable the guys at Anchor are.
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great brew! Dark brown pour with a huge thick head and great lacing. Holiday spice of cinnamon and ginger and a decent amount of hops. A very good winter brew.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 bottle. Opaque black color, good head that is almost instantly gone. Almost no aroma, and flavors are really underwhelming, except for a hint of ?lavender? This is just bland, dark stuff, and a real disappointment.
chribban (167) - 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!