brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 release. A: This is a damn good looking beer. A deep, dark brown with a thick light brown head.
S: All the smells of Christmas in a glass. Cinnamon, all-spice, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a nice, sweet maltiness.
T: So much going on here. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, spices, and maybe a bit of nuts.
M: A solidly medium body with mild carbonation.
D: I’m not usually the biggest fan of winter warmers, but Anchor always does right with these beers.
Dedollewaitor (15402) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Rating # 10300. Bottle @ Bierzwerg.de. 2011. Pours dark amber with a creamy lasting head. Spicy nose and flavor. Lots of clove and liquorice root. Smooth and medium bodied. A little one dimensional but well brewed.
Beerhunter111 (15300) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, winterliche Gewürze. Geschmack röstmalzig süß, Karamell, Gewürze.
MiP (15159) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very nice and powerful malty aroma. Very nice, dark brown colour. Very small head. Malty flavour, a bit of a citric note. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice, but the citric notes give me a feeling of beer brewed on maize.
Theis (14978) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2006) at home. Dark - almost black - brown head. Chokolate, light coffee, spicy, coriander, pinewood, orange, raisins, roasted, hoppy, dried fruits.
Oakes (14975) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2011 2011 version. Pours dark brown with a thick head. Smells soapy on the initial pour, with lots of herbals. As it warms, the aroma mixes pine with orange, cinnamon and some dark sugars. On the palate, it’s a bit thin, lacking any serious malt sugars. This in turn reduces the ability of the beer to carry the spices across the palate comfortably. The spices are muted, leaving only traces of cinnamon and clove on the palate. So spiced ale yes, winter warmer, no. It’s just too light.
Dark brown. Spicy, minty, cinnamony aroma doesn’t disappoint. Grk. Thin and flat body. Spices limp along without any particular malt to back them up. Liquorice flavour is strong but comes across far too bitter - again showing a lack of residual sugar. Thin, weak, poorly executed. Far below Anchor’s and this beer’s standards. Had to choke it back. 7 - 3 - 3 - 1 - 6 = 2.0
chrisv10 (14648) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2011. Very dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, spices and a little roasted malts. Flavour is little roasted malts, spices, medium sweet, caramel, dark fruits, little chocolate and medium bitter.
gunnfryd (13932) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted, caramel, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, cardamom, spices, roasted. Nice beer.
bhensonb (13742) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hints of spice, tar and chocolate. Deep ruby color(under halogen). Malty, hoppy flavor with hints of creosote (tiny hints). Nice mouthfeel, not too thin. Aged well over the past few months, but perhaps this is where the tarry notes came from. Really it is quite tasty. Leaves the mouth with a dark, spicey, sort of astringent feeling. Can’t wait for 2006.
Tmoney99 (13165) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with a huge frothy light brown head that lasted. Good complex sweet spicy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Good sweet bitter spicy flavor with an average finish. Complex good brew.