youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2012 - Single bottle from Total Wine. Very dark amber pour with a small tan head. Heavy lacing. A lot of vanilla and ginger in the aroma, along with some pine, citrus, and dough. Pretty heavy malt taste to start, then grass/pine, bread, bitter chocolate. Finishes with some cinnamon/ginger spice. Medium-bodied, low carbonation. Not bad, but wouldn’t keep me from reaching for a lot of other winter releases first. HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2007
2007 vintage. 12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint glass. Poured a dark, reddish brown. One finger of fine bubbled light tan head. Lots of pine and cinnamon spice in the aroma. Very fragrant. Medium to full bodied. Plenty of caramel malt and some dark fruit. Pumpkin pie spice and spruce in the finish.
The spice seems a little more subdued this year allowing the base beer flavor to be more evident. A Christmas tradition for me that I always look forward to drinking. mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
This beer always has a lot of spiciness in the nose, but it somehow gets lost in the taste. It could also use a little more alcohol, to give it that warming feeling. I like this beer once a year, for its uniqueness in flavor, however I couldn’t drink more than a few bottles a year. KieferUGA (462) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2007
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours a deep, clear mahogany with a small light, cream color head. Aroma of pine tree and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is a combination of spices, maple syrup, and licorice. Hint of a bitter ending, but not too overpowering. bconch (459) - - JAN 19, 2013
2012. Dark brown pour. Little to no head. Smell of dark fruits. Taste is similar with a coffee presence. Almost like a Belgian stout.
Braastad (458) - FINLAND - MAR 23, 2013
Dark red, almost black beer. Creamy head that lingers.
Great beer, lots of berries, blackcurrant? mintzmeet (458) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
dark branchy color. mellow spicy aroma. full bodied in flavor, but not texture. pops with a bit of juniper. Christmas spices with dark sugar and ginger biscuit CMUBEERMAN (457) - - JAN 12, 2006
Taste like soap and berries. Has an amazing mouthfeel and aroma, but I can’t get past the taste. This is the worst anchor I’ve had.