Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Deep mahagony pour,short lived almost non existant head. Very subtle aroma of x-mas spices and slight sweet maltiness. Spices are these but not in yer face,mild malt,good mouthfeel but still too subtlefor my taste. This beer is usually overrated and this year it is again. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
i dont know what happened to my beer...i can say, it is lucky to get a 3.1 in my books...aroma AND flavor are quite indistinct due to a watered-down approach by anchor....spices, malts, caramels....nothing else....very bland and somewhat tasteless...maybe it was a disaster having this beer after my last five (fullers london porter, lion stout, thomas hardy’s ale, de dolle stille nacht, and rogue hazelnut nectar) CMUBEERMAN (444) - - 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. bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 2005 version: Tap, ’t Klooster Delft. Sold as "snow Anchor". Loads of clove both in aroma and flavor. Very spicy, with clove up front. Some malt and raisin. Lacks balance. 6 3 6 2 10 = 2.7
2007 version: bottle: Strong aroma of red berries, cardemom and ginger.
Spicy, yet warm alcoholic flavor with red berries. Thin. Too spicy to be really enjoyable.
2010 version: bottle. Dark brown color. Anis, dried fruit, orange peel and cardemom in the aroma. Sweet, spicy flavor with lots of citrusfruit, cinnamon, anis and cardemom. Spicy, but still satisfyingly balanced.
(7 4 7 2 13 = 3.1) presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
I liked the 03 so much I bought 6 dozen so when I found this at John’s I had to bring 6 back. An appropriate selection for 1400. 40% foam, note to self be careful pouring the rest of the bottles. Aroma seems rather subdued, light licorice and molasses with a trace of spice. Relatively light flavour. I can taste the cherry but the malt and spruce have been reduced from 03. Nice but not stellar. A beer with revisiting but a little quieter than expected.
rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
Hazy deep brown hue, with a small tan-colored head, with a spicy nose of licorice, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, malty chocolate accent, pine niddles note, hint of brown sugar in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a winey chocolatey malt character, with some licorice, anise, nutmeg spiciness, dark chocolate note, with some dark dried fruit accents, leading towards a mild chocolatey roasted malt, faint bitterness finish. kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Not a huge fan of this one.
Pours a ruby-brown color with a very thin head. Cannot place aroma, almost like dried dates. Taste is slightly toffee-like with hints of spiciness that I cannot quite place.
A fun beer to try once, but I probably won’t be picking it up again. JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2006
2006. This still has malt, fruit, and spices but is thinner and lighter than older aged vintages. Brown beer and no sediment; probably filtered. Malt and fruit aroma with medium sweetness. Flavor has more malt and spices, including cloves and pine. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
12 oz bottle, 2006. Pours Bombay mahogany color with a healthy head. Very spicy aroma that is mostly allspice. Lightly malty with a big spicy punch to the chops. I noted pepper, nutmeg and licorice hints. Semi-dry body. This was just too much for me. I thought the spice level was over the top and created an overly bitter beer. Nor did I really care for the spice components. Oh well…. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2006
12 oz bottle - 2006. Burgundy brown with a short, smooth tan head. Grape, orange, cloves. I think sangria or mulled wine. Rather sharp and fizzy. Toffee is overwhelmed by wood alcohol and bitter spices. Sour apple with a chalky finish.