IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark red color with a frothy white head. Definitely a Christmas brew with hints of chocolatey and spicy goodness.
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Like a Christmas present from a loved one, this bottle appears near Christmas wrapped in brown glass and decorative label. Whatís inside? Will it be light or dark? Rich or dry? Spiced... but what? And then you pop the bow-cap off the top and pour it into a glass. Dark brown and spicy, the 2010 bottle reveals is itís own Christmas miracle. Angels sing their íGloriaí announcing the birth of Jesus the Christ, come to redeem the world from sin, while the brewers at Anchor take their part in the redemption of Christmas Ales.
Aethien (32) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle, very dark red colour, almost stout like. The aroma is dominated by gingerbread and some dark fruits. The taste is similarly spicy with some hints of roasted malts and brown sugar with some spruce in the back.
stryk (30) - Farsta, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle. 2007 vintage. Here we go.
Creamy nice head but mostly diminishing.
Complex flavor sweet finish with light bitterness. Dark bread with hints of chocolate roasted coffee and a typical citrus tone. Spicy with echos of coriander and ginger. A bit watery finish and the spices end up a bit sharp but its good and one of anchors classics.
ontheroad (30) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hearty citrus aroma and medium brown color; full citrus flavor with a slightly woody finish
Arborescence (29) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2011 VINTAGE.
Black, pours a very thick, creamy head.
Spices, surprisingly fresh, grapefruit?
Light and fresh to begin with, but kicks with rich maltyness and a bit of a bitter aftertaste. I canít put my finger on the (secret) extra ingredients, but they are not your typical winter spices, I can tell you that much. Thereís no cinnamon or the typical warmth that youíd expect from a Christmas Ale, but thatís actually a nice change and distinguishes this from many other offerings. Fresh but rich and toasty maltyness, that about sums it up. The aftertaste is that of a porter, but you wouldnít guess it from the aroma and the initial burst of freshness. A strange combination, but Iím getting to like it as I sip more.
This was my first encounter with the Anchor Christmas Ales, but they have been doing them for a while! Every year the (secret) recipe changes and they have a theme tree, which is the bristlecone pine this year. The label is quite pretty, featuring the tree. This beer grew on me as I went on and I would say that itís an excellent addition to this yearís Christmas Ales. Also worth noting is that the ABV is not as insane as with many Christmas Ales, so you can have another one too! Anchor Brewing is a very distinguished brewery, from San Francisco, but Iíve not had very many of their beers. The Porter deserves a special mention, itís quite tasty. Iíve had Anchor Steam as well, but thatís it, I think ó should get my hands on their other beers too, like their Bock, and Barley Wine, dubbed Old Foghorn.
Alexmestas (29) - - DEC 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes like a steam beer with a little more malt and toffee. Not sure what to think of it as the sourness is pitting me off a little bit. Might be better served warm.
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littlefelix (29) - Santa Clarita, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 as well. This was a very complex beer. I enjoyed it, but cannot drink to many. Almost a barleywine in flavor, just not as strong %-wise. You can really taste the raisen/prune/veggie flavors in there. Thick and slow drinking.
ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just bought this yearsí to compare to a bottle left from 2002. The 2002 vintage aged very well and compared quite favorably to the 2005. Would definitely lay down this beer as it is one that shows true improvement with aging(unlike Sierra Celebration).
jaghouse (28) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lightly bittered ale with a very prominent nutmeg spice. Definately has alot of character.