DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from State Line. The pour was a deep burnt umberish blackberry winish color with very little head that disiipated quickly. The aroma was great, a big mix of apple, pear, blackberry, honey, cinnamon, cardamom, juniper, and slight dark chocolate hints. The palate had very little carbonation, and was pretty sweet, providing flavor notes that reminded me of a half and half mixture of apple and blackberry wines, with some cinnamon, cardamom, plum, and honey braggot thrown in for good measure. As a beer, this one is unique and very good; as a wine, I think it is even better.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled May 2007
Well I did not serve this hot as I was supposed to, so as a compromise I have served it at a warm room temperature of about 72ºF (22ºC). As advertised the beer is quite still, it pours with a dark, opaque, blackened purple amber color. The aroma has a woody spice character to it reminiscent of a root beer or spruce beer. Notes of orange syrup, cinnamon, anise, allspice, sassafras and some cola-like cardamom are noticeable as are a lot of other spice notes that one would generally associate with a dark, sweet, rich spice cake / bread. Concentrated fruit notes that smell quite berry like, perhaps similar to blueberries, touches of cherry brandy, and figs, but ultimately probably a product of the juniper berries. The aroma of this must absolutely explode when heated up as it is incredibly aromatic already.
Only lightly sweet, but it is enough to accentuate the juniper berry flavors up front. There is actually very little, it any bitterness here at all and this tends to accentuate the natural sweetness of this brew. Cola-like flavors of cardamom mix with something that reminds me of Dr. Pepper; in fact Dr. Pepper flavors are quite an apt descriptor for the character of this brew. Without any carbonation this beer is fairly light feeling, it has the same heft as a lightly sweet port does, it even has some flavors reminiscent of port. Orange peel is noticeable as well, but it seems muddy, perhaps caramelized or even approaching a browned orange character, if that makes sense.
An interesting beer, it certainly would be appropriate as a mulled beverage after a long day on the slopes, but I am not sure if it really fits in to my lackluster lifestyle. Still it is enjoyable and is certainly worth trying.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750. Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a dark cola colored body with a non-existent head. The aroma is sick! Like some dude poured and entire spice rack into a small mash. Cinnamon, anise, more cinnamon, gingerbread, allspice, and cardamom. The flavor is extremely spicy. Cinnamon, cardamom, stale coffee, cloves. Very strange. The bitterness is strong and the palate is sweet.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled cold and hot. Black body. Big spicy aroma - cinnamon, molasses, chocolate, apple, and white pepper. The flavor has a strong cinnamon apple vibe with molasses, nutmeg and cinnamon on top. Sweet finish. Weird stuff, a bit over the top.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a flat-looking root beer color. Fully spiced aroma of mostly gingerbread cookies. Is this allspice in the flavor. Dry allspice or something and sweet cinnamon... and something that reminds me of the dentist. Maybe cinnamon Act. Now that someone mentions cardamom... that’s what I get too. A little sweet.... interesting idea.
MIBRomeo (2445) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep cloudy brown color not much head and no lacing. Very well spiced ale sweet gingerbread house aroma first touches of cinamon a hint of anise and some coriander and clove. Interesting. Avg to light palate coated alright and finished warm. Flavor is very well spiced lots of ginger and pie crust some apple and pumpki, cinnamon, cloves some thick syrups and a touch of alcohol to boot. Interesting and nice.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is most assuredly one of those beers you want to do a little research on before randomly grabbing a bottle and cracking it open on a warm spring morning. I’ve had other "winter ales" and big stouts on warm days, but none struck me as being so out of place as today’s choice.
No hiss upon lifting the crown and the scent that greeted me was intensely that of apple pie. A pour brought forth what appeared to be a port wine, deep, dark and still with such a minimal head as to go unnoticed. Spiced dark fruits abound in the aroma with raisin and molasses, cinnamon and ginger with a strong anise presence blanketing all. Thick, sticky, syrupy palate... soothing and coating my not-so-chilly throat and gullet in a sugary glaze. Sweet and richly spiced with a savory quality that causes me to salivate. At times, this is like Jagermiester with honey and a splash of prune juice. And while I rather enjoyed it, La Dragonne is most definitely a drink to be enjoyed on cold, blustery days... days very much unlike today.
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hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (served just shy of hot)... Deep, dark amber ale with no head. The aroma is a warm eddy of anise, melted butter, cinnamon, clove, orange peel, cardamom and coriander. Smells a lot like spicy, hot apple cider. Sweet, spicy flavor. Boozy. Medium-bodied with no carbonation. Very enjoyable, but drink it while it’s very warm... not nearly as tasty or aromatic once it cools. I very much enjoyed it for what it is... what is it? Thanks to boboski for popping the top on this one!
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was meant to be served hot, so I tried it at both cellar temperature and heated up. It’s a dark brown ale bereft of carbonation or head. Cool, it smells of cinnamon, raisins, licorice, and coriander. Drinking it, it tastes like a burnt raisin wine, spicy and somewhat bitter in the finish... and not in a real pleasant way. It leaves a powdery feeling on the tongue. Warmed, the individual scents blend together more smoothly, pleasantly aromatic. The flavor is like drinking a raisin oatmeal cookie, all spiced up and sprayed with perfume. It was an interesting drinking experience, but one that I probably won’y be repeating too soon.
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SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
black with no head. aroma of cinnamon, raisin, burnt toast, licorice, and anise. flavor is the same. tried it warmed in my micro-weave oven also. this brought out a more chocolatey orange flavor. tough to finish though because its very thick and extremely sweet but a small glass was nice.