Bozo_skeleton (1158) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 19, 2014
Brune, carbo tres moyenne petit collet mais belle dentelle.
Aromes tres portés sur le caramel, fruits sec grilles, pointe chocolat.
Belle presence en bouche, ample et genereuse. Bonne longueur sur le caramel. Legere secheresse en final. SVD (1982) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle at home, dark reddish/brown beer with a small head, malts, caramel, citrusfruit, taste is sweet, dark chocolate, malts, hint of lemon. Damn this is good. Cinctus (201) - - FEB 14, 2014
Sweet, nutty and well-balanced. Pours dark brown with a sweet caramel aroma. Very smooth and drinkable. madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle - Rosy cola-colored with a thin, foamy tan head. Nose is chocolate, rye bread, and a hint of coffee. A tiny bit of Citra dankness, but it’s muted. It’s a weird combo. Taste is more of the chocolate/rye bread maltiness, the light oniony dankness, mineral, and a bitter chocolate, slightly metallic finish. Finishes sourly bitter, with an odd yeastiness. Thin, fluffy, and well-carbonated. Just doesn’t come together well, and has an odd bitter yeasty note just like the Anchor Bock. I’m unimpressed. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Fresh bottle drunk in 2011
Cajun (534) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Sandy brown body, with deep mahogany and graham cracker hues. Clear with a moderate amount of off-white head that lingers around a cover.
Hoppiness in the nose is quite aromatic and intertwined pretty well with the lightly toasted, nutty and rather sweet brown bread meets light milk chocolate maltiness. Citrus and a touch of tropical fruitiness are certainly not resinous or overly aggressive, nor is the alcohol problematic. Quite simple, with a medium strength overall.
At first the juicy hoppiness really shines, lending notes of lychee and candied orange, nicely combining with the sweet chocolate-like maltiness. Things dry out, with some huskiness/crackeriness (great word, crackeriness) and the carbonation takes hold and breaks up the maltiness. As it warms and breathes, with most anchor beers, the body becomes loose and quite watery, the sweetness builds up on the finish and the beer loses a lot of its initial pleasantness. Still, this is a fine, drinkable brown ale with a well-done hop profile and ample bitterness.
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2016 12 oz. bottle - Pours deep reddish brown with offwhite head. The hints of caramel and chocolate are present, but most of the aroma is sweet, like syrup, definitely malty. Flavors of caramel, roasted nuts, and a tiny bit of something I’d imagine refrigerated flowers to taste like. A hops after that lingers until the next sip. Good brown! ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Brown colored pour. Sweet, caramel malts abound. Hoppy bite wuth a sweet finish. Good stuff but not very memorable. I prefer porter or liberty ale. kalervo (1043) - FINLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Very sweet malty body, lots of caramel and dark fruits in taste. Enjoyable happiness. Decent beer, still maybe not my cup of beer, maybe a bit too sweet for my taste to be totally balanced. bulldogops (2500) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
Rating #949 - February 3, 2014 - Beer 3 in the @coopwinespirits February discovery bag. Dark brown pour with a weak bubbly tan foam that disappears quickly. Aroma is strong roast malts, hint of pine, lemon, reminiscent of Anchor’s christmas a little. Taste is bold earthy malts, with a piney lemon sweetness, dominant roast malt, medium hop character with a slightly bitter finish that is quite pleasant. Impressive. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is caramel and toffee. Flavor had chocolate dark fruits and some sweet chocolate. Very sweet medium bodied beer. Decent beer.