iceman15658 (128) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle of 2011. a bit of a surprise in how much herb and vegetables that are apparent in the taste and aroma. Not one of my favorites but i’ve had worse
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 year’s 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.
loulan (126) - SPAIN - APR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excelente cerveza de Navidad. Marcadas notas a pino, resina. Reminiscencias florales y de regaliz. Una grata sorpresa, tuve el placer de probarla por primera vez de manos de David (Les 4 Pedres) en 2009.
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 can’t 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 Spec’s in Conroe.
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spice hits right away, like spiced apple cider, strong almost like one of those scented candles (which I hate). Very dark, clear ale with good looking amber highlightsand a rocky beige head with good retention. Christmas spices completely dominate the smell, obscuring any malt or hop aroma. Taste is, thankfully, more mellow than the smell, although spices are still very prominent, there’s a decent malt backbone and a pleasant bitterness. I think that cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger are the main spices, but I’m not claiming any expertise in this area. Some caramel apple flavor, smooth feel even though the carbonation is a bit much for my taste. I would probably enjoy this one more with age on it, right now it’s almost one dimensional and not too enjoyable to me. Some citrus emerges on the finish.
weezfour (124) - Oradell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn good. A little too dark and syrupy to just sit and drink, but would be great with a nice meal.
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color - Red/Dark Brown
Head - Long Beige
Aroma - Fruit, Sweet, Pumpkin, Flowers
Flavor - Light, Littel bitterness, sweet
? - Good Beer
Louipa (121) - USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I agree with "dyetube" quote.... "Right off the bat there is strongs notes of cinnamon and nutmeg in this thing! What a smell! It drinks very smoothly and easily with some complexity in the flavor. I like this beer! it is great for a winter brew but wouldn’t want to drink this during the warm months."
My thoughts exactly. Its a good seasonal brew.