BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cola colored with ruby edges, pillowy beige head. Aroma dominated by holiday spices. Man I really dont llike these spiced up beers, but aside from the spices which I dont like, the beer is good.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2008 vintage. Pours black like a porter. The aroma is spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. The flavor is very malty with some spicy hints. I could detect what I thought to be caraway, perhaps some clove too. Cinnamon might also be present. This beer is very earthy and if there was anything like orange or lemon peel, or coriander, I could not detect it.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, earthy, spicey, with some dark fruit in the flavor. Very little of that comes through in the aroma, however. Suffers from the watery palate that many other seasonals succumb to.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with thin beige head. Served too cold, but after I let it warm up a bit, a strong aroma of nutmeg, almost like eggnog. Taste was more nutmeg and gingerbread, Christmasey indeed. Some people at my table thought the spices were way overdone to the point of oddity but I found it satisfyingly assertive. This improved with every sip so by the end of the glass, I quite liked it.
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 bottle that I picked up in January. Pours dark brown with a nice light brown head. Smells of deep dark malty goodness. Tastes malty as well with a hint of nutmeg or some such spices. Definitely has some roasted chocolate attributes. A bit light on the body. Very nice for a cold day in November!
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured very dark brown. Aroma hinted of caramel, chocolate and spice. Flavor was all that plus a little cinnamon. I get this brew every year at the holidays, and am never disappointed. Get in my belly!
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 edition. Purs very dark brown, almost black with a moderate creamy head. Aroma of sweet caramel and dark dried fruit, prune, raisin perhaps. Flavour adds a slight roasty note and bitterness.
DJC (238) - USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 version, Valley oak tree on label:
Opaque body, with a tan head that disappeared way too quickly. Splotchy lacing. Holiday cookie-like aroma, which was quite a bit sweeter than the flavor. At first, the flavor profile consisted of cardamom, nutmeg, giner, allspice, and toffee, but the finish could best be described as acrid coffee and smoke. The carbonation was lively, but overall mouthfeel was slightly on the watery side. I feel that Anchor did a pretty good job with this one, but years past had finer offerings.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle-----> tulip. Pours a dark ruby brown with a medium khaki head and light lacing. Aroma is licorice, clove, and sweet figs. Taste is nutmeg, clove, and gingerbread. Medium-light palate with little carbonation. This is a fantastic fall/winter beer. I’m gonna buy some more.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 2006. Deep brown color with hints of red. Thin creamy head. Nice lacing. Hints of chocolate. Spicy aroma. Full bodied. Sweet chocolate taste. Lite alcohol finish. Stellar brew.
Had the 2002 on cask at the Gingerman in Houston in December 2004. That was un-freakin’-believable.
2008. I think this went toward an English or even Belgian strong ale. Very malty.