WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sad to be at the mercy of the brewer on this one - hard to find at the pub or anywhere else. A really balanced black lager that is very drinkable. A great roasted malty aroma that doesn't overpower.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was very excited to see this at the pub, and even more excited when I saw it in my glass. Thick frothy head with a prefect black body. Huge aroma, smoky grains and chocolate. The flavor is remarkably robust and a touch sweet. I took a sip of my girlfriend’s porter mid glass and realized how utterly devoid of espresso this was. Excellent body and finish, and just very tasty. Another true LaConner success.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2004 Bottle pours dark ruby, almost black, with garnet highlights, medium frothy tannish colored head, sticky lacing, with soft carbonation. Dark semi-sweet chocolate, burnt malts, and slight butter on the nose. Forwardly malty, heavily roasted, with the aformentioned butter notes. Great body with an exceptional creamy mouthfeel. Finishes slightly buttery sweet, rich, creamy, with heavily roasted malts. Not a session beer IMHO, a bit too sweet, but tasty nonetheless.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brick. Lacing, soapy bubbled foam with scattered islands of cream. Clean, but slightly metallic aroma with a slippery fruitiness and airy roast twinge. Earthy malt, sulfur accents with phenols and cocoa hints. Fairly loose carbonation but solid bodied. Acidity greets the palate, swirled with an unwavering mixture of phenols and roast astringency. Rich chocolate frosting, earthy roast, and squeaky clean lagery notes lurk beneath. Slightly gritty with cane sugar hints, but continually clean with husky malt layers that impart more fluffy girth to the body. Finishes clean with a dry, spicy bite of chalky malts and earthy hops. With the exception of the phenols and sourness, this is very well structured, highly drinkable, hoppy example of the style. Most likely an outdated bottle, but there’s no date stamp to be found.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2004: RIch dark copper brown with a thin off-white head. Smooth, subtle dark malty aroma. Dry roasty malty body has a touch of caramel sweetness and lager yeast. Very smooth and balanced, this would make a good session beer. A nice rendition of the style.
pinkzambia (1294) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Great aromas of pitted fruit like prunes and raisins which deceive your taste buds as they are blown away by the ultra tangy, sour hops. This is reminiscent of Worcestershire sauce (credit to Indiana_Red’s wife Melissa for this original identification). The color is dark brown, uhh, I mean schwarz and is accompanied by a frothy, light brown head. The carbonation levels are high which make the tang even more apparent. Good one, grows on you after you get used to the hops. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and smooth, malty mouthfeel. Sweet, subtle dark malts. Needs to be a little more smokey in my opinion. Still a good beer of course!
BillKismet (3000) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black amber with a crisp top. A great malt roasted aroma that translates to a similar taste. Fairly robust, but easty to drink. Quite a treat from Laconner.
IndianaRed (1798) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a very dark brown with a huge fluffy pale tan head that slowly receded. Very nice lacing. Aromas are a yummy carmel, dark malt and sweet brown sugar. Flavors are a sour woody carmel taste. Also of rasons and other dark pittededs. That sour taste puts me off a bit but it’s not bad. Feel is thick and smooth with a soft carbonation.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) This is a pretty old bottle I presume, and the beer has almost assuredly taken on characteristics that weren’t there originally, most notably, the fairly potent sourness. But I have to say, the sourness is actually quite nice. Rather than tasting like a schwarzbier, this is starting to remind me of some of the Flemish sour brown ales I’ve had in the past. Flavors include: tangy and acidic sourness, tart cherry, somewhat dark malt base with a hint of sweetness, and some wood and earth from the aging. The nose is sour, somewhat cherry-like, and slightly earthy. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and the sourness is very refreshing on the palate. The color is a medium-dark ruddy brown, but most certainly not black or even close. Half an inch of light tan head gradually settles to a wide ring. Though probably not intended, the onset of the sourness in this beer has been an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable development.