Thoor84 (62) - ICELAND - DEC 24, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown color. Lot of christmas spices, thin body and not much bitterness to balance all the sweetness. Not for me.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The clove, nutmeg, smoked paprika, oranze zest, coriander spice of this brew makes it a certain favorite each December. Itís just a little on the bitter side, which is offset nicely by the smooth mouthfeel. This brew ages well--the spice notes get more complex in just few months.
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Bestway. 2010 vintage.
Pour: Brown/reddish pour. Thin collar of foam.
Aroma: Dark fruit spice nose.
Taste: A holiday beer. Spice coupled with prunes/raisins. Cinnamon/nutmeg and vanilla tones cascade through this brew. Juniper in the mix perhaps. Reminded me of a light, beery Swedish Glogg that Iíve had on occasion.
Overall: Imbibed for experience. A holiday thang only.
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle - Very dark to nearly black. Almost no head - Aroma malt and spices, a bit smoky - Sweet and some bitterness - Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
Baz7778 (58) - SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You think x mas cake when you taste this beer. Malt driven with cinnamon notes. I notice a lingering bitter finish.
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monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
October 2006 bottling date; from my recall; all consumed 12-06: Can there be anything better? This is the most incredible/accessible spiced libation each and every year since 1997 (in my humble experience). Just a stunning example of the brilliance of Anchor. Methinks the Belgiums be losiní their luster... jusí like the Yankees...
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I always look forward to this beer due to the changes from year to year! This issue is one of the better ones IMHO! Nice balance but the clove, evergreen, nuttiness and coffee undertones are most identifiable! Will need more of this one! Merry Christmas!!
realbama (55) - Destin, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was the first holiday brew I have tried from Anchor. It poured very dark and I wouldnt say amber, but moreso dark crimson. Very thick head. It smelled of the holidays, caramel, nutmeg, cider spices. I found it to be filling, interesting, and tasty.
smackie (54) - St. Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 Wife brought this home, my choice would have been the Sierra Nevada holiday ale, but she did good. One of the reasons I love the holidays.
mrw1zard (54) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of flavor to this. Pours a dark color with a cream colored head. I was expecting a bite to this, being so dark, but it is really smooth, a very strong spice taste at the end. Very enjoyable - a must for the holidays and non-eggnog people!