bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 2008 bottle. Pours syrupy with nice tan head. Good carbonation level. Starts with hints of allspice, nutmeg and figs. Finishes with a little bit of chocolate and roastiness. Nice balance of hops bitterness with the spice. Well done.
jerd16 (226) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown, with some purple embers. Small 1 finger head retreats almost immediately. Aroma is dominated by ginger, cinnamon & liquorice, some cherry and perhaps a little citrus in the background. Sweet and sour cherry leaks onto the palate, followed by some ginger, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Leaves a hue of roasted-malt-bitterness in its wake. Palate is medium and consistent but due to excessive carbonation is almost soda-esque. Its status as one of Anchor’s flagship beers warrants a more pronounced flavor profile and aroma.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle. Dark brown appearance, litte head. Aroma was sweet and spicy, flavor was pretty nice. You can taste the licorice, and was pretty malty. Overall I’d say it was decent, a good beer to try out.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark amber pour with a little white head. Tastes of candy cane and some dark fruit and anise. Tasty but hard to drink more than one because of the sweetness.
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a deep brown-black with a medium tan head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, fruit, and spice. The flavor is similar, with a nicely complex malt profile, and notes of caramel, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and some things that I can’t put my finger on. Sweet, but not cloying. Quite nice.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This blew me away. The aroma is nothing short of miraculous. I had to look twice to make sure this was a beer. My wife said it is heavy on the plum, but that may be teaberry as others have notted. The balance of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and the malt sweet overtones are nearly perfect. WOW!!!!!!!!
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with reddish edges and a full, lasting, tan head. This is a very complex beer, a light acrid roast flavor combined with a minty, spice flavor with the possible use of ginger. Hop bitterness is moderate and balancing, with some floral flavor an aroma. Very dry roasty finish.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Midnight black with thick tan head. Consistent retention throughout.
Holiday spices hit nose, some liquorice and notes of toffee.
Medium body with tastes of roasted malt, coffee. Very milky. Could use some more flavors.
Not too exciting, could be better, but overall okay.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. 2011 version. Has notes of pine (spruce?), notes of roasty malts. Mild spiciness to the aroma as well. Dark red color with medium tan head. Slightly sweet with a very mild sourness on the back end.
Its a pretty good winter ale. This is the first version of the beer that I tasted. I enjoyed it. Definitely not my favorite, but good nonetheless. Although my grandmother sampled this and loved it.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful beer. Absolutely beautiful. Dark brown, almost ruby color with a nice fluffy head.
Smells pretty sweet, a bit malty, but mostly sweet.
Hmmm.. not quite as intense as I was hoping out of this one. From the look and smell, I was expecting a whopper of a taste and it just wasn’t there. Sweet taste with some evident spices but didn’t really taste any malt in there.
I think I probably should have held on to this one for a while. Only bought one bottle and wanted to try it, probably should have waited.