abemorsten (2905) - 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)
ClutchMasterson (63) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark deep brown with a brown-white 1 finger head that lingers. Aroma is a sweet dark fruit/cherry with notes of vanilla and spice. Taste is of spice and bread with a light bitterness that finishes smooth and doesn’t last long. Mouthfeel is slick and refreshing. This is definitely a great beer to relax to on a winter day and all the flavors and aromas combine to hit the mark
sjorsvdg (93) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Een volle, zoetige en kruidige geur en dito smaak. Duidelijke aanwezigheid van hop. Ideaal om mee te stoven, maar vooral om te drinken. (2014-versie.)
propsync (18) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Version on tap at Roman's Pub. Foamy pour, but what was left didn't last long. Dark brown color, muted smells of dark fruit. Taste follows along, a lot of plum flavor. That original hop presence is gone, and the finish is dry. After 4 years, it mellowed significantly. Very enjoyable.
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Crispy34 (416) - Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014 draft. Aroma is spice with some darker malt. Appearance is a very dark brown with a lasting tan head. Taste is very earthy malt with the spice coming through. Palate is spicy. Overall, a solid beer. Well done.
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beerbaaron (1341) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown with excellent frothy light brown head. Earthy. Mild bitter. Fair roasty. Very modestly spiced. Dry. Interesting
Douberd (2597) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Anchor Our Special Ale (2005 and later)) Bottle 355 ml at home, 2014 vintage, served into a snifter, ABV 5.5%
Deep brown red colour on the body with a tall and thick tan head, with good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass.
Aroma of spices, sugar, light caramel.
Sweet taste with caramel, spices on the finish, toffee and a long bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with soft carbonation and a slightly sticky palate.
gegwilson (1459) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby with a cream head. Nice sweet fruity aroma. The taste is caramel with bitter fruitiness. Some toffee and mixed spice. Tasty stuff.
jmgreenuk (4973) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at The Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Poured a reddish brown with a frothy white head and some broken lace. The aroma is rich spicy over ripe red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a light veggie mineral light fruit palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
beer_est_deus (747) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Anchor Christmas Ale -- Mörkt orange-brun med ett orange-latte färgat skum. Doft: Bränd hallon sylt, körsbärs godis, honung, sött bröd, kryddor. Smak: Kryddor, jäst, lager, damm, malt, gammalt godis med frukt smak, lite avslagen Fanta, ginger ale, kardemumma.
Baramba (207) - ITALY - DEC 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. Dark amber with small off-white head disappearing very fast. Aroma and flavour of spices, yeast, raisin, gingerbread.