MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Dec. 15, 2006. 12 oz. bottle of 2006 vintage sampled Dec. 8 at Farm 255, Athens GA. Drank this one in dimly-lit conditions at my sister-in-law’s wedding party, and am now referring to hastily scrawled notes on the back of a business card: "Raisiny, hoppy, frothy, full-body, lasting malt palate, dark fruit, 18/20, aroma-avg." Sounds like it was pretty good! ;-) (Haven’t met an Anchor product I didn’t like -- a lot.) jake65 (3697) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle: Deep brown pour with a darker tan head. Aroma is complex, fruity, spicey, and malty. Taste is very complex with cinnamon, nutmeg, raison, roasted malt, bittersweet, and more that I cannot pinpoint. Very deep, complex and overall the best Xmas seasonal I’ve tried this season so far. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
12 oz bottle. Faint aroma of chocolate. Brown pour, nice tan head. Taste is malty, with some spices going on. Tastes like a british ale. Decent, but unremarkable. estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
On tap. Brown cola body, tan head, malt and spice aroma. Roasty, spicy, bready, light bitterness in the finish. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
tap- caramel frothy head, dark brown/black in color...pumpkin present along with other spices, some nutmeg, nice flavor, and some toasty malts add to a well balanced brew. looking forward to trying it in a bottle.
jonno (2762) - JAPAN - DEC 15, 2006
A very spicy Christmas overing, although a little too dark to enjoy more than one or two. Lovely head in a tulip, and pours very dark, like a porter. Love the cinnamon aftertaste though... ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a sizeable thick tan colored head, great lacing. Aroma is quite unique, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, malt, pine. Flavor is much the same cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pine, chocolate, roasted malt. Palate is medium full, medium carbonation, spicy lingering finish. Great seasonal, look forward to this each year. kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2006
2006 Edition got off to a great start. Poured from the bottle to a dark brown, with hints of ruby, and a thick effervescent, dark tan head that lingered well and left excellent lacing. Aroma was a very pleasant winter blend of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg spices, with hints of malt and alcohol joining in as the beer warmed.
Flavor tried to follow suit, but was undone by the thin watery body. Mouthfeel was not as spicy as I had hoped and expected, due again to the watery taste, and the finish left something to be desired, as it was short and relatively tasteless.
Not a bad winter ale, but I had much higher hopes for this based on its start.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Dark brown body with ruby-red highlights and a quarter inch of light tan head. Smells phenominal - roasty, malty, with vanilla and spices. Tastes malty, slightly roasty, maybe hints of chocolate or coffee? Vanilla and spices also have a strong presence. Has kind of a root beer aspect to the flavor in the background. Unique and very well balanced between all the flavors in this beer. Creamy full mouth feel. This beer is fantastic. I am so impressed with this beer. Another success for Anchor - what a great beer! mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 2006 edition. Great seasonal from Anchor. Have been trying to get some of their Christmas brews for years and finally succeeded! I wasn’t disappointed either. Loverly flavors of molasses, nutmeg, some vanilla, cinnamon all floating on a base of malt sweetness with a touch of hops. Not as warming as I would have liked but that’s a minuscule complaint. This is a very good beer! Best seasonal I’ve had this year!