Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
very dark almost black pour with a nice grey head. cinnamon cookie aroma with some maple syrup nutmeg is a major player here. first thing i noticed was not the flavor, but how thin this was. that surprises me. some bitter sweet cocoa floats around with some almond notes. nutmeg, and sugar cookie fill in the rest. i’m glad the seaonals are here. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 (12-6-05, draft) Clear mahogany body with creamy tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, nutmeg, some juniper, chocolate, cherry. Taste is medium sweet, nutmeg, cherry, grape, juniper, some molasses, light chocolate. Smooth medium body, very drinkable. Much better than my first time trying it. (7/4/7/4/14)
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
(11-27-05, bottle) Crystal clear dark red-brown body with nice tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutmeg, molasses. Taste is medium sweet, molasses, nutmeg, light earthy, caramel. Watery medium body, light stickiness. (5/5/6/3/11)
Pours very dark with a nice brown head. The aroma is of spices and nuts with a hint of gingerbread I would say.
The flavor is more of a nutty, gingerbread kind - this makes the beer somewhat sticky. Not my favorite Holiday ale. stouby (4653) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Bottle, at home.
Brown with light brown head, mostly diminishing, no lacings. Aroma moderate malty, hoppy and spicy (burnt, licorice, clove, cinnamon). Flavor moderate sweet, moderate to heavy bitter/spicy/dry. Light to medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Definitely a Christmas ale, but not in balance!
Draught at Delirium Cafe, vintage 2007. Redbrown with ok lacings. Aroma moderate/heavy malty (caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, licorice). Really nice. Ratman197 (14668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle poured a clear dark mahogany with a large, lasting brown head. Aromas of carmel, coffee, vanilla and spices. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and spices with a hint of smoke and a smooth finish.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
(draft) Pretty damn good. Higly malty, with a touch of coffee. No chocolate or licorice at all, but still a good beer. Foxbush (2004) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This is Anchor’s Christmas and New Year’s version for 2005. The head was thin and disappeared quickly. The color was a deep brown. The flavors were of sweet malt. There were hints of spice and finished with some bitterness.
Happy New Year!! GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
Flavor:Chocolate,fudge,spices...... Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2006
very dark brown colour and a big creamy beige head; a ton of spices (as usual for those Anchor Christmas beers): cloves and ginger dominate; notes gingerbread; oily and medium-bodied; high carbonation, dryish spicy finish where some chocolaty notes appear - rich and tasty but not quite the way I like it Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Another dissapeared rating: 2005 vintage. Body is a dark brown with an 1/8th inch light tan head. Aroma is heavy caramel, along with nutmeg, cinnamon, and light chocolate malt. Taste is caramel with the initial spice present, little nutty with hazelnut.