Tmoney99 (12216) - 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.
Christian (11892) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2011 2006 bottle in 2008. Dark brown with a medium sized off-hite head. Strongly spiced aroma, strong clove, along with resin, allspice, cardemum, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Dark dried fruit in the background. Flavour is sweet and spiced. Finishes dry thanks to resin and spice. I’d like to say that the beer is too spiced for my taste, but the mix of spices is so interesting I can’t stop taking another sip and discover more. 3.2
Fresh 2011 bottle. Strong spicy aroma dominated by clove and cardemum, with some raisin and dark sugar. Caramel and spice flavour with a slightly roasted finish
HenrikSoegaard (11853) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. 2009 version. Creamy off-white excellent mostly lasting head. DArk red-amber colour. Powerfull malty and espcially spicey aroma. Strong resin/woody notes. Light bitter slightly spicey flavor. Average medicin finish. Oily palate.
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
‘06-on tap @Gaslight NJ-pours a bubbly tan head and dark mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-sweet/caramel and chocolate, secondary spices. Taste is roasty, dark malt-sweet/caramel and chocolate, secondary spices, faint hops. OK carbonation.
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany colour with big beige creamy head. Aroma has LOTS of cinnamon with roasted malts and cloves. Quite complex taste. Plums, fruits, raisins, blue-berries and roasted malts dominate. It ends dry with cinnamon and slight flowery bitterness. Good.
Pinball (11586) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 version, best before oct 2008, sampled 2009-10-18
dark dark brown, smooth light brown head, some lacing.
very spicy aroma, also somewhat soapy. smells like a bakery.
flavor is very spicy but still soft and mild. spicy cristmas cake flavor, cinnamon. licorice, caramel. Quite special but not my kind of beer, i’m not much of a cake guy.
Beerhunter111 (11554) - 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.
Ratman197 (11508) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark mahogany with a large, lasting brown head. Aromas of carmel, coffee, vanilla and spices. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and spices with a hint of smoke and a smooth finish.
FatPhil (11499) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Keg (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Really dark, almost black, tight cappuccino head. Huge aroma - dark fruits, spices and ginger. Huge, but wonderfully well integrated range of tastes. Dark fruits, raisins, plenty of chocolate malt, burnt caramel, and some tantalising spices - some not out of place in a christmas pudding. Anchor’s best ever beer (so far...) (8-4-9-4-16=4.1)
Rerate: Bottle 2007, drunk 2010-01 (7,4,8,5,15=3.8)
Really mellowed, rich, spices also mellow. A proper non-gimicky winter ale. Lovely smooth palate,carbonation soft. Finish delicately burnt, but very liquoricey. BCs well.
Rerate: Bottle 2010, drunk fresh (7,4,7,4,14=3.6)
Sweet spicy aroma, very spicy - cakey. Deep red, small ring head.. Spicy - woh!!! mint! Full and roasty body, but the mint comes through so much. Full palate, sweetly smooth, crisp carbonation. Finish has roasted choco. Very drinkable, packed full of flavour. Refreshing. Good, but possibly weak compared to prior ones. Too light?
bierkoning (11400) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 2005 version: Tap, ’t Klooster Delft. Sold as "snow Anchor". Loads of clove both in aroma and flavor. Very spicy, with clove up front. Some malt and raisin. Lacks balance. 6 3 6 2 10 = 2.7
2007 version: bottle: Strong aroma of red berries, cardemom and ginger.
Spicy, yet warm alcoholic flavor with red berries. Thin. Too spicy to be really enjoyable.
2010 version: bottle. Dark brown color. Anis, dried fruit, orange peel and cardemom in the aroma. Sweet, spicy flavor with lots of citrusfruit, cinnamon, anis and cardemom. Spicy, but still satisfyingly balanced.
(7 4 7 2 13 = 3.1)