jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2003
This beer makes me feel like god loves me. Thats no joke, the combination of this beer and the holiday season was a religious experience to me. 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. Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Ages fairly well. Dark mollases color. Sweet date, cherry pie aroma. Very full bodied with the sweet fruit flavor. Spices blend well together. Nice sharp bitterness at the end. All around great, enjoyed in the summer as well in winter. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Pours dark brown with a large (two fingers thick) tan head. Still a lively beer after 4 years cooling its heels. That head is quite lasting and creamy with just a bit of craggy surface. The aroma consists of cloves, rum cake, nutmeg, mace and hints of other unidentifiable aromas. Very intruinging and inviting aroma.
Fore is sweet rum cake followed by a range of spices and some cocoa, chocolate, caramel, burnt/roasted grains and a hearty baked pumpernickle finish that yields a dry sweetness in the far finish. For a 5.5% abv beer this stands up AMAZINGLY well to 4 years of age. The palate gets a touch watery in the finish and is the only real negative, but it’s not crazy thin. Damn nice. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Part of a verticle tasting (97-00, 02-06)
Deep ruby hued. Spicy nutmeg aromas. Strong and zesty. Nutty with a good cocoa flavor. Lively with a good hop profile. Piney sticiness. Slight port nuance. Long and lingering. Relatively, this was the old of the newer. Still retained alot of its original components, but was on the brink of evolution. In my opinion, I caught this brew at its zenith!
RSRIZZO (2009) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Had this beer on 12/3/2002. Color is a deep rich solid brown, no light comes though. Good carbonation and thin head. Taste is rich and very spicy. WOW. Starting with a medium body that goes down with a strong spicy feel. Finish is almost too much to explain, full of coriander and spicy with a nice roasted taste. This is far more flavor than they or anyone else has put into a charismas brew. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Dark mahogany colored ale with a long lasting white head. Very nice aroma showcases notes of fruit cake, vanilla, nutmeg and mint. Flavor is very nice and brilliantly balanced. Notes of cinnamon, pine, juniper and fruit cake. Very nice body to it and well as a nice finish. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Anchor Brewing Company Our Special Ale--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.35% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark bronze black red color. Mild lacy tan head. Nutmeg malt spice toasted floral hop front. Sweet burnt piney spicy rich dry cherry caramel body. Cloying sweet spicy roasted nutmeg mild hop end. Sampled 1/12/2003. Alengrin (5535) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
Spiced winter beer, made with different ingredients each year and available from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The 2002 version had a beige, creamy, stable head and very dark burgundy colour, almost blackish. Strong and very inviting, elegant aroma of coffee, chocolate, cloves, cinnamon, citrussy hops and raisins, taste deep malty, lightly toasted and assertively, dryingly spicy, like a Belgian Christmas ale, dark fruits, long dry hoppy finish. Very complex and very good. slowrunner77 (12429) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
christmas tree in a bottle. pours a ruby-tinged black with a redish-off-white head. every year is different but similar. 02 was a good year. one of my favorite seasonals. orange peel, dark malt & fruit, a little spice. great silky heavier mouthfeel. good stuff."