abemorsten (3043) - Mosterøy, - NOV 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal as Anchor Christmas Ale 2011 (and as 2012. Rating is for the 2011 version which was slightly better.) Small dense light brown head on a clear deep mahogany body. Cinnamon, caramel and toasted notes on the nose. Clove and raisins added in the mouth. Light and balanced bitterness. Smooth. Full bodied.
Earlier Rating: 12/13/2009 Total Score: 3.1
Pours hazy red brown with a large offwhite head.
Flavor is light sweet and sour. Medium bodied. soft carbonation
Aroma was unfortunately overshadowed by leftover cleaning agent in the sampling glass. Smelt like artificial like a thawing freezer or dry ice.
So this is definitely a candidate for re-rating.
(9.12.2009 Bottle @ Cardinal, Onsdag^2)
airrick2003 (609) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: light tan head, the beer is a very nice brown color that's transparent around the edges, some maroon hues in there
Aroma: caramel malt, spicy, maybe a bit of lemon, potpourri
Taste: spicy, some sweet caramel malt, even some bitterness on the finish
Palate: lively carbonation, slight bitterness on the finish, medium mouthfeel
Overall: this beer does remind me of Christmas, pumpkin pie, potpourri, warm spice are all in there, this is the 2014 version
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
nihtila (1167) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
17.2.2015. Spicy nose. Flavour has cloves, ginger, cinnamon, sugar candies, dark fruits. It really is spiced beer. Decent in small amounts.
Beeracolyte (45) - Katowice, POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Piwo kupione w Piwo Regionalne Katowice na Mariackiej. Edycja na 2014 rok. Ciemne piwo z rubinowymi refleksjami. Piana ?adnie budzi szk?o, chocia? jest obecna tylko w postaci kr??ka. Przyprawowowy aromat - go?dziki,cynamon, ga?ka muszkata?owa, any?(chyba) i jaka? mniej s?odka przyprawa. Smak to jeden wielki festiwal przypraw. Jest piernikowy ale same piwo jest wytrawne. Poza przyprawami w tle czu? lekk? ciasteczkowo?? od s?odów. Bardzo z?o?one i bardzo dobre piwo.
biirusaikou (900) - - MAR 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toffee, gingerbread, licorice, hints of alcohol, bitter coffee finish. Does have most qualities of a classic xmas brew, but somehow a bit unbalanced, specially by Anchor standards.
ninecats (233) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog, Christmas 2014. Bottle. Dark brown with two finger tan head, dissipates quickly leaving some lacings. Wonderful aroma of pine needles, vanilla, spices, liquorice, malt. Taste about the same with a dry finish. Medium body, light to medium carbo.
Towey1989 (255) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 Keg at Brewdog Camden. A slightly hazy deep brown colour with a thick creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, aniseed, caramel and nutmeg. Taste of roasted malts, herbs, spice, liquorice and nutmeg. Light bodied and a watery texture. A crisp, herbal finish. Little thin but nice flavours.
njnut (313) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to lager glass a bottle brown with huge tan head that lasted. Plenty of tan lace. Aroma was a wonderful spice infused malt that was not overbearing. Really a nice change from the pumpkin spice bombs of the fall. There were notes of spice, vanilla, malt, and clove in the taste. Well done and something that changes a bit year to year and I look foward to it.
aumentm (200) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an ale I look forward to every year. This is dark and malty and perfect in the cold. This is great looking and smells amazing.
batneil (406) - - FEB 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost pure black with a decent head. A bit malty and bitter, quite nice. Fairly fizzy.
willisread (407) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Masuyo’s Liquor in Asagaya. Poured into a shaker pint. Deep rich brown color (almost black) with a nice tan medium-sized head. Strong malt aroma with hints of vanilla, coffee, coriander, spruce and pine. Balanced on the palate but tends to lean toward the resiny, piney side. Chewy maltiness and oily mouthfeel. Starts out slightly sweet on the palate then swings toward a sticky, dry finish with the resiny flavors and cinnamon and nutmeg lingering.