OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with acertain - Thanks Andrew! - Pours brown with a large creamy head. Aroma is very malty, caramel, yeast, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is very rich, caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses and some toffee, and vanilla. Full body with a very creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is covered completely and this is a very smooth drinker. Quite tasty and enjoyable.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown appearance. Fruity red wine aroma with coffee tones. Dryish coffee flavor turning fruity, sherryish half way through. Plenty of sweet cranberry and strawberry. Balances well in the aftertaste with the fruitiness and roasted malt lingering.
SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Suttree for sharing this one!
A light brown, average sized head formed and quickly left only a medium brown beer in the glass.
Heavy malt aroma, scented with Tuity Fruity bubblegum and banana and a touchof some vanilla.
Full bodied with a sweet flavor profile; the creamy mouthfeel delivers a spicy, smooth brew with just a bit of bitterness on the back side.
omhper (22885) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at the brewpub (9%). Clear brownish amber. Fruity toffee aroma with some gingersnaps. Sweet with lots of caramel and molasses as well as dough and red berries. The hop rate is low. A warming beer with a lot going on, but also a bit too sweet and mushy.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish Copper, thick foamy head. Big malty, sweet, caramelly aroma. Flavor is pine and some licorace, plus some unidentifable spices - cinnamon, maybe? Even some Juniper? Thanks to acertain for this one!
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful deep red amber with nice white head. Aroma of weak hops and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, finish slightly bitter. Nothing about this beer stood out for me; it’s completely drinkable, but doesn’t have any trait that makes me want to come back for more.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy mahogany-red body, thin white head. Apricot over bran muffin aroma. Glazed dark bran bread flavor with an emphasis on sweet brown sugar. The finish features light floral orange citrus hops and a sprucey hop bitterness. Nice rich mouthfeel, but otherwise an uninspiring beer.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darker red colour with a light tan head. The aroma is quite hoppy for with some dark caramel and molasses. Sweeter body with a finish of some hops. Nice balance.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great winter warmer. Dark borwn color with a slight hoppy hint this was a nice beer to drink. Great dark malts, hops and aroma from the start to the finish. A strong percentage beer that was a great winter style brew.
OldMrCrow (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the bottle.
Pours dark with red hlighlighgts and a modest head. The aroma packs a serious punch of of big spruce hops and blast of well-roasted malt. The flavor is strong and sharp, with the too-common threefold aggression (hops, dark malts, alcohol) of the less impressive PacNW winter ales. No balance here, but rather a set of overly-strong flavors competing with one another and leaving the palate battlegroung as scorched-earth. Bitterness and aggressive malt and sticky-sweet oils all clash with one another.
This one features the worst characteristics of the LaConner brews (particularly, those medicinal hops) with little of the good.