jrohn92 (105) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried the Anchor Christmas ale and loved all of the unique spices in it. However the malt was a bit too roasted for my taste but it was overall a very good brew.
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 version from bottle. Pours dark broown almost porter like with a small tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Very spicy aroma dominated by cloves and some cinnamon. Medium bitterness and almost sticky on the palate leaving a long warm spicy finish.
tony_gorilla (105) - Fiskum, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A brown red christmas beer. Weak smell but taste good. A fair enough beer. Had it before and will have it again.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown almost black. The head is tan with some red hints in it. Aroma has lots of spices in it. There is some ginger and toffee. There are other aromas as well but I donít know what they are. Flavor is well balanced between sweet and spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I definitly can see myself drinking a lot more of this over the holidays!
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 2006 edition. Great seasonal from Anchor. Have been trying to get some of their Christmas brews for years and finally succeeded! I wasnít disappointed either. Loverly flavors of molasses, nutmeg, some vanilla, cinnamon all floating on a base of malt sweetness with a touch of hops. Not as warming as I would have liked but thatís a minuscule complaint. This is a very good beer! Best seasonal Iíve had this year!
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 - consumed 3/28/08. Dark garnet brown with a dark khaki head. Molasses, nutmeg and ginger spice scent. Full bodied and mid carbonation. Ginger snap cookie spice flavor and roasted malt tones. A little heavy and think in the finish. A little overpoweringly spiced. Cellar time should help that.
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008. Pours dark auburn. Spicy aroma. Lots of nutmeg and molasses. Very drinkable and smooth.
jerd16 (102) - 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 Anchorís flagship beers warrants a more pronounced flavor profile and aroma.
Guinnessman (102) - VACAVILLE, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 is by far the best Christmas Ale in 20 years. The amount of spice has been drastically pulled back to create a much smoother ale. Just the right blend of clove and nutmeg. No bad aftertaste. Goes great with a honey baked ham with the fixins.
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bottle dark brown with a hint of red highlights. Nice big head with good lacing. I picked up tastes and aromas of coffee, cherry, raisin, prune, licorice. Sweet, spicy taste characteristics. A little more smooth and subtle to the Summit Winter Ale that I compared it to.