Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: American Mild Ale State/Country: Illinois ABV: 5.6% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Chestnut brown color, thick tan head, sticky lacing Smell: 9 Malty, brown sugar, wet grass, caramel Taste: 8 Malty, toffee, caramel, pine, rye bread, dark fruit Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 A nice winter session beer. Could do a few Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.50 Overall Impression: This is a complex but easy drinking winter session beer and is a nice break from some of the big powerhouse ABV winter ales out there.
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Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: American Strong Ale State/Country: Minnesota ABV: 9.1% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Black hole color, Tan head that fades fast, spotty lacing Smell: 8 Cocoa, wood, bourbon, earthy Taste: 10 Wood, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, booze on backend Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with low carbonation Drinkability: 10 A great cold night sipping beer. You don't need to twist my arm to drink another Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.50 Overall Impression: The wood is good! This beer reminds me of the Beer Godz beer we brewed a few years ago with oak, bourbon and vanilla. I love this brew and it's high on my must have beers!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Stout State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Black color, Thick tan head, sticky lacing Smell: 7 Faint smells of coffee, ginger, cocoa, pine Taste: 8 Sweet chocolate, gingerbread, grass, roasted malts, nutmeg Mouthfeel: 8 Creamy with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8 I would say one and done, but I have to drink the whole bomber myself Overall Score: 8 Value: 7 Cost/12 oz serving: $3.56 Overall Impression: This was good but I was expecting more gingerbread bite to it. It was a little rough getting through the whole 22 oz bottle alone so I would suggest sharing with a friend.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Dubbel State/Country: New Hampshire ABV: 5.83% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Chestnut color, small off white head, nice sticky lacing Smell: 8 Cocoa, malt, coffee, spice Taste: 8 Malty, chocolate, earthy, clove, slightly bitter on back end Mouthfeel: 8 Medium body and carbonation Drinkability: 8 Complex, but easy to drink. Hardly any alcohol comes through. I could do a few. Overall Score: 8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.50 Overall Impression: Smuttynose is hit or miss for me, but this one is a hit. It's a nice tasty Belgian snowball in my mouth! Solid for the style for being American brewed.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial Stout State/Country: California ABV: 10.2% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Pitch black color, big fluffy tan head, thick sticky lacing Smell: 9 Cocoa, coffee, malty, earthy Taste: 9 Dark chocolate, burnt coffee, caramel, smoky, earthy Mouthfeel: 9 Thick and silky with medium carbonation Drinkability: 10 This whale is big on flavor and one can satisfy Overall Score: 9.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.00 Overall Impression: This is one whale of a stout! Big, bold and complex. This is a must seek just like Ahab chasing Moby Dick! If you love stouts, you will not be disappointed!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Dunkelweizen State/Country: Texas ABV: 5.4 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 10 Beautiful dark copper color, tall off white fluffy head, sticky lacing Smell: 8 Peach, spice, malts Taste: 8 Fruity, malty, clove, nutty, caramel Mouthfeel: 7 Light with low carbonation Drinkability: 8 Its light for the style with a little bit of spice. Two and done. Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.33 Overall Impression: I usually don't drink Shiner too much unless that's the only beer, but I figured I'd try this one being it's Xmas time and I do like Dunkels. The fruit wasn't overpowering nor were the spices. It's very affordable so it's a must try if you like the style.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Porter State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 5.8% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Black licorice color, big tan spongy head, sticky thick lacing Smell: 8 Malty, chocolate, pine, coffee Taste: 9 Chocolate, coffee, spicy, earthy, caramel, toffee Mouthfeel: 7 Light with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 Not a heavy Porter, but very flavorful so it's good for a holiday session. Overall Score: 8.4 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.30 Overall Impression: Christmas is my favorite time of year because I can drink all the holiday beers like this one. It's very tasty and a session of this brew gets me in the spirit!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Winter Warmer State/Country: California ABV: 5.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Deep mahogany color, creamy tan head, sticky stringy lacing Smell: 9 Chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon,earthy Taste: 9 Cocoa, burnt toast, nutmeg, ginger, pine, licorice, wood, nutty Mouthfeel: 8 Medium and dry with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9.5 Very complex for a 51/2 pounder but tasty. Another one Santa! Overall Score: 8.9
Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.99 Overall Impression: This is my favorite beer from Anchor and I look forward to a new tweak every year and this year did not disappoint! Happy 40th!!