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.
tillmac62 (58) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2013 2013 - Pours a rich dark brown with a caramel head that lingers and laces well. Nose is of spices, mostly clove, and fruit - maybe raisins - against a slight dark malt undertone. Body is thin. Taste is of spice, mostly ginger and cardamom but a prune flavor is also present. 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.
eachnotesecure (58) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 Bottle, a tad bit over 5 years old. Pours just like it did fresh, and smells almost like it did as well. I still get plenty of the original taste, and somehow, zero oxidation. But it has changed, the biggest difference being the palate feel and aftertaste, which isnít great. Itís not quite medicinal aftertaste-wise, but itís close. Still fairly remarkable for itís age.
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!