Obie1018 (3) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium brown body with a beige head. Taste a hint of Chocolate, many various spices. Smell of fruit and christmas time. Goes down smooth and makes the body feel warm. First time trying this and will definitly try again.
gurn13 (3) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth ale, typical for a winter warmer. Not very different from last year but tasty nonetheless.
andrewp1286 (2) - new brunswick, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2009 does not count
1.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
This beer has been rated everything from exceptional to adequate, so it might be that one beer I find putrid that many find exceptionally gratifying, however I tried this beer and after the first one my stomach felt queasy with the overwhelming spice, simply overdone
bearbear (1) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 25, 2009 does not count
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I am very disappointing in the holiday ale this year. The nose is similar but lighter than years passed. The beer is inappropriately light bodied and the taste beyond the spice notes is very bland.
Suzie_Johnston (1) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anchor Steam "Our Special Ale" is the beginning of the holiday season. Though the taste is a bit different every year somehow the taste of a Christmas tree comes through. My husband always finds it for me to make my holiday perfect. This is the taste of the solstice.
lexivh (1) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2011 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance: Mahogany/brown with a tan head that dissipated quickly.
Nose: licorice, gingerbread, pine, very herbal with very mild hint of caramel
Palate: light carbonation with mild bitterness. Flavors of gingerbread, licorice, dates and other dried fruits and some baking spices.
This reminded me a lot of the soda, Moxie, that I used to drink up in Maine. It has an underlying taste of licorice throughout which turned me off as I do not like that flavor. A very decent holiday beer though.
BradF (1) - USA - DEC 7, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red color with tan head. Smells of nutmeng with hints of spruce. Roasted bitter malt flavors complimented nutmeg/spices with hints of molasses. Bitter dry finish.