beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice rich porter like color with notes of chocolate and spice. Great dark tan head with excellent lacing. Nice allspice finish that lingers just a bit before Iím ready for another sip. A very enjoyable winter beer that I will continue to enjoy after a day on the slopes.
grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a frothy, off-white, thick head. The aroma was complex and actually had a hint of eucalyptus spice. Flavor was complex and spicy. The finish was yeasty. Had a very good experience. Will definitely buy again.
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle (2008), poured into a Guinness pint glass. The best Christmas ale out there, in my view. Ar: Pine, nutmeg, Cinnamon, bread, faint molasses, ginger, lots of pine and spruce. Ap: Pours a large, frothy roan head that diminished into some nice lacing fairly quickly. Clear caramel-ruby color. Fl: Citrus, tons of spice, ginger, dry roasted malts and some chocolate, anise and cloves even. Pa: Swills around nicely in the mouth and not as thin as some found it, but I didnít want anything dense. Nice dry balance @ the end. Aroma was the strongest suit- great holiday beer. Had a year old 2007 bottle as well- flavors become more distinct, but less complex. One of my faves.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to bamadog, your beers are in the mail!
A: Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black color. The eggshell color head is small and retains decently
S: Carrot cake, bread, lots of berries, figs, raisins, and some nice spices (cinnamon, cardamom, allspice) to give a festive nose.
T: Pretty mellow flavor, spicy but not overdone (cardamom, cinnamon, allspice), black licorice, molasses raisins, toffee, caramel. Hops are not really apparent, but everything comes together pretty nicely.
MF/D: Light in body, carbonation is good but a little prickly, alcohol is hidden, and the finish is of bread and molasses.
Notes: I prefer the í08 to this, so Iím going to cellar a few of these for a year or two. Nonetheless, a nice beer that doesnít wear on your palate
ajolly2 (129) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006. Head: thick; dark tan in color. Body: very dark with some ruby tint to it; opaque. Fruity aroma. At first taste, a little thinner on the tongue than the beerís attractive appearance leads on. Taste is somewhat spicy, not smoky at all, some fruitiness but not sweet. Some bitterness emerges as it cools to room temperature. Iím no expert on Christmas brews, and this one was a little lighter than I wanted, but I highly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any ale drinkers.
Shooter42 (128) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazingly tasty and the best Christmas Ale I have had so far. Make sure to stock up and enjoy, as itís only available for a very limited time per year. Great mixture of malts and spices.
GTown (127) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is plum and raisins. Brown sugar, vanilla and coffee flavors mixed with some chocloate. Not as good as yearís past. Middle of the road Christmas offering. Aging would probably enhance the rating.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is deep brown with 2 & 1/2 finger tan head, leaving nice lacing. The nose is complex with scents of cinnamon, licorice mint and pine. The flavor is also very complex with pine, vanilla, anise and possibly ginger, with other wood resins . Quite a unique brew.
AMN (127) - Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was really happy with this beer. I bought some not knowing what exactly to expect, so I was glad to get a dark, strong, spice beer instead of a typical "winter" brew. It takes what makes Anchor’s other beers great (the thick, dark elements of the porter, the bitterness of the steam) and makes for a pleasing combination.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown with a thin than head. Spicy, peaty, earthy aroma. Some notes of coffee, clove, and, well, other things I canít place. Taste is light coffee with a roasty finish. Mouthfeel is average, almost watery. As it warms, aroma gives off hints of spearmint (??), and flavor changes from coffee to spice. Interesting twist. A decent holiday brew. From Specís in Conroe.