redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 edition: Nice very thick darker beige head. Thin but full lace down the glass.
Not much aroma, some spicy malt smell.
Very dark color, darker than expected, some reddish brown highlights on the edge, but very dark.
Nice flavor, malty spicy flavors. rather dry finish. NOT a thirst quenching beer. Rather grainy after flavors. Nice with a meal though.
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle. Poured a really nice dark brown/red with a big tan head. Aroma is malty, spiced, and some fruit. Taste is roasted, dark chocolate, and a slight fruit. This is a nice winter beer. Too bad I had it in the summer but it was still good.
haggis03a3 (164) - Piedmont, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 on tap. Black color with a beige head. Aroma of malts and spices. Flavor was an explosion of well balanced spices and malts.
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.
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The darker of the two beers I drank, the second I drank and the second in my heart.
Malty, syrupy and spicy (think aniseed and coriander, not chile peppers). Worth a pint if you want something new and different and you like "holiday" flavorings.
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
flavour is kind of bland. looks alright i guess. light brown head and dark color. i dont know its just kind of boring. fools need to step up their beer game
fcjack1 (162) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Red Hot. Almost looks like Porter. Smells like a brown, nutty. Taste of vanilla and coffee and spices. Smooth. Good beer.
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.
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 couln’t detect. The flavor is spicy smooth with a pleasant arpeggio rip of notes.