MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A roasted malt and cinnamon organism breathes out luscious coffee beans...Ashes follow in the bitterness and suggest the plurality of this offering...A jocular Christmas porter...
jgb9348 (4298) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in colour with a nice lighter brown head. Although, when held up to the light, the beer looks like a very strong violet colour-dark ruby highlights dominate the appearance. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, slight vanilla and sour lactic quality. Medium to Light-bodied; Strong bittering malt with large cofee overtones. Some canella is present, but not much. A bit of the sour quality arises in the taste, but pretty much a straight malt-shot. Aftertaste bittered from the coffee and the roasted malt, but nice for the style. Overall, a good spiced porter, definately good to try! Many thanks to Jeremy (jercraigs) for hand-delivering this twelve ounce bottle! I sampled this beer on 07-December-2003.
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A real beatiful dark ale. Coffee and cinnamon with a hint of nuts in the mix. Bring on Christmas!
GregClow (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2003 vintage) Very dark ruby-brown colour with a thin tan head. Complex aroma of coffee, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom & pepper. Body is rich, smooth and slightly creamy. Roasty, toasty, nutty flavour with notes of chocolate and cinnamon. Mmmmmm-mmmmmm-good!
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting seasonal beer. Rich in cloves and cinamon and some ginger this is a spiced porter fit for a winter warmer.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown w/ small head. Nutty, slightly roasty malt aroma w/ hint of hops & cinnamen. Full bodied. Lovely roasted malt flavour full o' nuts & mild coffee. Nice molasses background & dry, moderately hoppy finish.
Radek Kliber (6288) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, creamy thick head with small bubbles. Walnut aroma, slightly on bitter side .Traces of lightly roasted coffee beans were present .
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black with reddish hints, beige head. roasty, sweet, spicy malt aroma. very nice burnt sugar flavours with spicy hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. roasty bitter finish seems to be more from burnt malt than hops. a great seasonal.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate, coffee and treacle. Darkest brown, hint of red around the edge, small cappuccino head. Deep roasted malt, nutty, fine bitterness with spicey undertones. Well balanced, hearty, a fine Porter for this time of year!
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 Dark brown color, clinging tannish lace. The aroma was or orange peels/citrus and some roastiness with just a touch of spice - ginger among others. The body was nicely roasted with a good hoppy finish. Fairly long. Kicks the heck out of Anchor Christmas anyday.