beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Better than 11 VE Ale, but come on, enough with the spice for Pete’s sake. Interesting, complex, yes, but the Christmas pudding like flavor is just too much for me.
ccex (1200) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours an opaque dark brown/black with a decent tan had and lacing. Aroma is full of ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, and chocolate, with lots of other stuff going on. Tastes sweet with a slightly drier finish. Body is full with a wonderful velvety smooth mouthfeel Alcohol is very well hidden. This one is a delight of a dessert beer. I’m glad to have tried it and regret not having tried earlier years’ versions.
hman43 (1200) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It pours black with a dark brown head that produces a fair amount of lacing. The cinnamon, ginger, and allspice are the first things that come through in the aroma. There is a sweet smell that is present it whiffs after that. It has a rich, yet dry flavor with the cinnamon and ginger producing a complex flavor with the allspice combination. There is also roasted malt that is present especially on the palate. Unlike many beers in this alcohol range, the alcohol is not over powering to the point where it effects the overall flavor and taste.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wow what an appearance. Thick brown foam that lasts forever. Nice lacing. Not very aromatic. Creamy and bitter. Nice beer.
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SPDickerman (1193) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a small tan ring. Smells of nutmeg, allspice, hints of clove and floral rose. Taste is is spicy, bready, and semisweet. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 finishes with a spicy dryness.
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. "Tastes like christmas" - Kristen-mas. "Smells like my armpit when it was drunk and sexy" - Kristen-mas. Reminiscent of Anchor Xmas for sure. Chocolatier and roastier. A bit weird. Sweet, but with a hop pellet-esque bitterness.
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ON draft at T Phillips Alehouse in La Verne. Poured a dark black with thin head. Aroma was sweet cinnamon and spices. Taste was slightly roasted malt with a nice holiday spice finish. Like a stout mixed with Anchor Christmas beer. Pretty good and I like the fact that the Belgian yeast was hard to spot on this year’s.
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice beer. Strong and unique yet terribly drinkable for its strength. Works like a dubbel with some added spice. Pours black and beautiful.
raphael (1173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two days ago had the current Anchor Christmas beer, and really appreciated the spice & hop flavor blending happening here. This 12 12 12 takes to another level. Abby said it tasted like a Chinese medicine herb mixture. I smelled bananas and a complexity of herbs. The table was busy and i couldn’t take notes. chocolate powder, cayenne, pecans. tight dark head over near black body. fine sipping mouth feel.
BiddleBrau (1168) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with tan head. Malty nose and sweet. Big flavor, clear dark fruit undertones hint of roast. Alcohol is evident. Fruit profile very interesting.