skweek (13) - College Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle. Aroma of spices and some juniper. Taste was much of the same, with some dark malts as well. Very solid beer.
BilltheButcher (12) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown appearance, tan head. Smells like coffee with creamer, molasses, sweet, roasty. Tastes sweet, spicy, maybe a little bit of spruce. The spices come on strong and overpower any roasty malty notes. Slightly bitter finish. Seems fairly complex though not directed in any way, but it grows on you.
DoubleEh (12) - - DEC 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bit strange. Pours a nice clear dark brown with a big frothy head that lingers. Lots of spice in the nose .... Nutmeg maybe? Taste follows suit with a good dose of Xmas spice upfront. Bit of sweet malt underneath. Reminded me a bit of gingerbread. Little bit of piney hops to finish it off. Remarkably light in body, surprisingly so. Overall a bit of an enigma for me .... Not sure if I love it or hate it.
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chris21274 (11) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is great! Pours nice and thick with a great head. First whiff is of bitter chocolate, nutmeg and caramel. Taste is about the same. Chocolate stands out along with some anise maybe, with notes of plum and fig. Definitely a winner! Every year I like this beer more.
ScarletLady (11) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Anchor Special 2009
From the bottle.
A- deep in color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Served in a tulip so I didnít get a good head on it. A little bit of lacing
S- malt & nutmeg with a slight hint of cinnamon. could have sworn I smelled sassafras
T- interesting and not what I expected. Vanilla was the strongest flavor, followed by the nutmeg. This tasted a lot like a rootbeer float to me. seriously
M - wonderfully thick
D - it was good, glad I tried it but wonít be having it again this year
oldstock23 (11) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. I have a magnum of 2005 I canít wait to open but thought Iíd try an 11 month old 12oz. Nose was not as spicey as I had expected. The chocolate had evolved a bit deeper than the initial level and still had faint hints of orange peel. After about three seconds I totally got the anise, nutmeg, and what I thought was ginger but is probably something else. Couldnít find any cinammon. Man do I love this beer.
brewandstew (11) - Salisbury, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a dark brown with a light frothy head. Aromas of ginger, cinnamon, and other seasonal spices. Taste resembles that of a stout, and not overly bitter. Alcohol comes through a bit on the tongue. Pairs well with a hearty stew, winter squash, yams, and would go well with anything containing cranberry. I really enjoyed drinking this with my vegan sweet potato and winter squash minestrone.
ejdischer (11) - Cromwell, Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The 2007 holiday offering was less than stellar. Has a beautiful look to it. Great head retention. Thatís about where the joy ended for me. Has almost a leafy taste to it. Hard to describe. Aftertaste has a hint of peppermint.
b7j0c (10) - USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really look forward to this release, and 2005 is no exception. Pours dark, nearly opaque with a beige head that diffuses quickly. Full body and spicy. One of my favorite beers.
rcmatthews (10) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 Aroma is like Christmas. Cinnamon and clove especially. Had this wishing it was Christmas time (its too hot!!!!) and got exactly what I was looking for. THere is however, something lacking in the flavor component. Its not that it tastes bad, its just not incredible. There is a nice gingerbread like aftertaste