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!!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 10.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Deep amber color, medium head, nice lacing Smell: 9 Cinnamon, booze, burnt toast, nutmeg, ginger Taste: 8.5 Spicy, malty, pine, banana, clove, brown sugar Mouthfeel: 8 Medium and sticky with good carbonation Drinkability: 9 It's like a fruitcake in a bottle! If only most fruitcakes I ever had was this tasty! This is a nice winter nightcap. Overall Score: 8.7 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.35 Overall Impression: A very nice Xmas beer! If the cherriness (is that a word?) of Mad Elf has you fruited out, give this brew a try. It will definitely be one of my holiday stand byes!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: American Strong Ale State/Country: California ABV: 9.9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Medium amber color, Off white head settles quick, nice sticky lacing Smell: 9 Malty, pine, booze, sweet, grass Taste: 9 Pine, booze, caramel, grass, figs, earthy Mouthfeel: 8 Slightly sticky and dry with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 Just under 10 pounds and very tasty. I could do two. Overall Score: 9 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.00 Overall Impression: A very unique beer that I would drink on any cold (or not so cold) night.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Stout State/Country: Michigan ABV: 7% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Coffee color, small tan head, sticky spotty lacing Smell: 8 Chocolate, coffee, nutty, booze Taste: 8 Coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt toast, earthy Mouthfeel: 8 Medium dry with good carbonation Drinkability: 8 Not the chocolate bomb I was expecting, but I could do two. Overall Score: 8 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.84 Overall Impression: This was a decent beer. It tasted like bitter coffee with some chocolate in it. That's odd considering that it's brewed with lactose, you would think the beer would be sweeter. I could see myself smoking a cigar with this brew after dinner.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Quadrupel State/Country: Belgium ABV: 11% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Dark ruby color, fluffy tan head, nice lacing Smell: 9 Dark fruits, booze, brown sugar Taste: 9 Chocolate, plum, raisins, caramel, booze Mouthfeel: 9 Full body with good carbonation Drinkability: 10 Authentic Quad that nails it! At 11%, it's a sipper Overall Score: 9.2 Value: 7 Cost/12 oz serving: $9.00 Overall Impression: Had this beer on tap at The Farnsworth House and it did not disappoint despite the $9 price tag! S.O.L.I.D!!!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Winter Warmer State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 5.9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Ruby red color, big fluffy off white head, nice sticky lacing Smell: 9 Malty, cinnamon, ginger, pine Taste: 9 Malty, cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, toffee, slight bitterness on finish Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with good carbonation Drinkability: 9 The spice doesn't dominate. Has nice balance. Good winter session beer. Ole Fez is doing the happy dance in my mouth! Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.30 Overall Impression: This is one of my favorite winter warmers. Too bad it's only available in the variety pack and not in sixers. I just feel like watching “A Christmas Carol” when I drink this brew.