DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 30-Nov-05 in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks André!) Out of the bottle, this beer pours a ruddy brown color with a slight haze, and the small beige head settles to a wide ring within a few minutes. The initial aroma and flavor are piney, herbal and hoppy with a moderately roasty malt base. Fairly strong flavor, but quite enjoyable at first. But I have to wonder if there isn’t something with the hopping methods applied by LaConner these days because, again, I’m getting kind of a funky aroma and flavor that is bordering on rotten vegetables. It’s mild though, and wasn’t there when I first opened the beer, but the longer this beer is open, the harder it is to overlook this. Body is medium to full, the carbonation level is moderate, and the hops keeps the palate relatively crisp for this dark and heavy a beer. As a whole, I liked this beer okay, and it was definitely better when I first opened it up, but it really fell apart in the end.
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via acertain. Pours a dark reddish copper with a small light brown foamy head. Generous amounts of sediment in bottle. Very sweet smelling aroma, lots of caramel and various herbs over a thickly malty base. Flavor is very malty with big herbal and spicy character. Finish is slightly sweet with some hints of spruce tip flavor. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation yielding a very soft and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, pretty decent, I have a certain fondness for herbal/spicy Christmastime beers like this.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Chuck for the sample. Has a rather pleasant malty and citrusy aroma. Nice darker amber color with a foamy tan head. Nice malty flavor. Has a good body. Overall, this is pretty good.
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Chuck. The pour is medium amber with a creamy head. Aroma is sour fruit primarily. Flavor is molasses and hopps. Eh, not a favorite. Fairly mediocre.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a transparent brown body with a thin beige head. The aroma is rum cake, figs and other dark fruits, spruce. The flavor is a spruce tree sap, molasses, limes. The palate is resiny, medium bodied, spicy.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mahogony color w/ a huge full tan small bubbled head. Smells of plums, butter, some hot spices (i think from the hop) and a bit of toffee. Even palate nicely coated lightly creamy. Flavor has some light notes of buttered rum and molasses, quite sweet, but does finish w/ a touch of dry sprucy/piney finish. Quite good.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is heavy of butter, notes of rum, milk, and a light citrus. Palate is completely devoid of heat. Flavour freatures the strong butter nopes with a hoppiness reminicent of spruce.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: moss, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, figs, carmel, vanilla, and plums
Appearance: murky brown, small white head, lacing
Flavor: cinnamon, nutmeg, alcohol, dark fruits, plums, dried figs
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly, brown sugar and carmel aftertaste
PhillyBeer2112 (2621) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong raisin-molasses nose, figs and other dark fruits. Some alcoholic wafts, too. Flavor comes across milder, yeasty (I got alot of sediment), and a nice medium hoppy finish, perhaps a touch of grapefruit.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Brouwer’s cafe: Very cloudy deep amber/red color with small creamy light tan head. Aroma is interesting, a bit of diacetyl mingled with roasted caramel, honey, cherry syrup, a rye-like spiceyness, a bit of vanilla, and a certain roundness that I can’t quite seem to identify. Flavor is soft, round vinous, lots of caramel, honey malt, hints of cherry, vanilla, dates, red grapes, and a subtle oakyness. Finish is smooth, rather sweet, with a dry spiceyness that is either from the choice of hops or from rye. A rather unique brew