Anchor poured a deep mahagony color with a finger width, tan head. The aroma is fairly thin, malt with a little fruit, and a few earthy notes. The body is smooth, with low carbonation, and an almost flat, thin, creamy mouthfeel. There is some darker malt, some spices underneath, and some dark fruit on the backend. The finish has a dryness to it, a light bitterness that comes on late, and a few sour notes that don't seem to belong.
Overall, a below average beer. I had it on draft and it is nowhere near the quality of the last vintage I had in 2007. The body is missing depth, there is no wow factor, and those sour notes seem out of place.