AndrewMichaelZ (63) - - JUL 8, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle into small tulip.
Pours a deep managing with a thick (almost creamy) mocha-colored head.
Sweet malty notes on the nose with hints of raisin.
Drinks with strong carbonation and a bit of roasty malts but overall uneventful. It does have that wintery vibe too it (especially on the finish) bit I'm not sure I'd reach for this again.
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Roger60 (62) - - DEC 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska SB Mönsterås. Sequioa fantastiska träd har en liten i trädgården. Luktar som efter ett regn i Kings canyon and Sequoia nat park. Blir inte lätt att vara objektiv här...Riktig riktigt julöl. Inte karamellmalt mm Funkar ej med choklad och osten får vila sig. Vinner på att inte vara under 10 c. +3 p för etiketten. Finns inga skogar att jämföra med....
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 - Pours a very dark clear red with small tan head. Aroma is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, pine and sugar cookies. Flavor is brightly spicy, lightly sweet and finishes mildly bitter. Overall, pretty good and unique but not something I’d drink regularly. Perfect for the holidays.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The clove, nutmeg, smoked paprika, oranze zest, coriander spice of this brew makes it a certain favorite each December. It’s just a little on the bitter side, which is offset nicely by the smooth mouthfeel. This brew ages well--the spice notes get more complex in just few months.
Yingwait (61) - Taipei, TAIWAN - JAN 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 I’ve 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.
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 losin’ their luster... jus’ like the Yankees...
SFtaster (57) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought the 50oz magnum at Safeway ($15) to serve at a holiday/seasonal beer tasting that I organized. I have to admit, I expected a ’bigger’ flavor from the legendary Anchor Brewing Co. I’m not sure how this compares with their other Christmas offerings, but I found this year’s edition to be unremarkable. Maybe that’s their intention since its meant to be served in a group setting where tastes and preferences vary widely. This ale will not offend anyone, but will not inspire either.