crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2002
This is one of the darkest ales i have ever seen. It is not too hoppy and the spicy after taste is the perfect complement to cheese. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2002
I hadn’t had one in years. Used to like it, but got turned off to the spices on year. Really enjoyed having it again. I still keep Xmas ornaments in 12pack boxes from years ’86- 9? Or at least the ex does ...Oh yeah, along with the rich, roasty malts it just gets the extra credit of putting me in the holidaze. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2002
This appeared in the glass almost identical to a stout. Jet black with a nice brown head. The aroma was almost totally black licorice with corresponded strongly in the taste. This is a very different beer, even different from the other spiced beers that I tried in the past. If you like the taste of licorice than this beer is for you, if not, stay clear of this annual offering. jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Bottle. Dark brown with a laced tan head. The aroma has a nice nutmeg and chocolate spice. A full and rich beer, but the wonderful aroma does not translate as well into the flavor. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Dark ruby red with the usual,tan,pillowy,head.Somewhat rocky with great lacework.Aromas of spices(nutmeg,cinnamon)malts(toffee,nu big hoppiness(pine,citrus).Palate seems a bit watery.Lots of spice malt and hops.Better than last years or 2000.I am getting so many different flavors out of this,I am stunned.This is the best one of these I have had yet.So many flavors of malt,hop,and spice.Very rich and satisfying.Perfect for the holidays.Not a big spice/Christmas beer fan but this is a good one.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Hardly any spice in this one. A strange soy-sauce type taste. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Cloudy dark garnet, with minimal head. Aroma is weak piney/spruce. Taste is spruce/pine, malty, spicy and slightly sweet. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 A bit hoppier than past years. Allspice aroma and taste. Less nutmeg than previous years. DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Bottled. The rating is high, but, you just can’t beat Anchor for a great seasonal X-mas brew...at least U.S. brews. This deep reddish-brown version is full of roasted malt, lightly hopped and spicy. Rich and smooth with flavors and aromas of cider, bananas, raisins, honey and lotsa nutmeg. Not as assertive as last years, which I had on tap. Great beer in the spice/herb category. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Awesome aroma - nutmeg/cardammon/pumpkin pie spice/mulling spice, sweetness. Like eggnog or Xmas potpourri. Dark brown clear liquid with small lacing off-white head. Medium high carb with medium-heavy body. Taste was very interesting, though a little too bitter. Lots of spices and the aftertaste and subsequent belches were like eggnog. The spice remained on my breath for a long time after. Wouldn’t drink more than one in a day, but a nice diversion.