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!
bsjay (54) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewing this is somewhat misleading, as every year the flavor varies so much, and changes considerably with age (obviously). Itís always worth a shot, sometimes beautiful, others too spicy, but hardly worth complaining about.
SFtaster (53) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought the 50oz magnum at Safeway ($15) to serve at a holiday/seasonal beer tasting that I organized. I have to admit, I expected a íbiggerí flavor from the legendary Anchor Brewing Co. Iím not sure how this compares with their other Christmas offerings, but I found this yearís edition to be unremarkable. Maybe thatís their intention since its meant to be served in a group setting where tastes and preferences vary widely. This ale will not offend anyone, but will not inspire either.
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apperance is black with a small to medium tan. Aroma is of licorice, cinnamon, spruce and flowers. Palate is meduim to full bodied and smmoth. Flavor is nice with mild bitterness. Malt at first finishing with the flowers and licorice. A nice holiday treat for and damp Christmas morning here in NC.
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a review of the 2011 version, not aged.
Great warm, earthy nose with hints of alpine evergreen and slight salty/savory implication. The malt shines with its roasted character. Simple label and unique bottle shape hold a beautiful deep red topped with a creamy tan head. Itís rich yet balanced throughout, complimented by itís smooth and full mouth-feel. Overall, a well put together and well presented beer.
tillmac62 (51) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 - Pours a rich dark brown with a caramel head that lingers and laces well. Nose is of spices and fruit - maybe raisins - against a slight dark malt undertone. Body is thin. Taste is of spice, mostly ginger and cardamom. Not complex at all. More dark malt would improve this beer quite a bit. Good carbonation. Finish is of spice with a slight lingering spice induced aftertaste and bitterness. Good but not great.
mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice even flavor. Taste like traditional anchor steam that has been malted up a bit. Slightly chocolate/vanilla overtones.
sundevil27 (47) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 vintage. Poured much darker than expected with about an inch of head. Tasted spices with a balanced flavor. Didnt quite hit the nail on the head for me, but an overall nice Christmas Ale.