DarkElf (3033) - 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.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at RBSG 04
This pours clear dark brown with a spicy aroma. It’s interesting trying to get into a Christmas beer in July. It’s a good winter beer.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from riversideAK, thanks Alex. Rating #71. Dark amber with a pinch of orange thrown in there, the head was slightly off-white and held up pretty well, lacing was minimal and spotty, but what was left stuck around for a bit. Sweet and a little spicy candy like aroma, some caramel, maybe a bit of cinnamon. Flavor was similar, light sweetness and a bit of alcohol, but it was a smooth alcohol and pretty good. (1344)
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a cloudy brown with some orange. Aroma of dark fruit and malt. Flavor is malty and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is full body with low carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty stuff!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of the bottle this brew pours a dark glowing red with the faintest off-white head. Very sweet alcohol accented aroma, brown sugar and some subtle earthy spicing. Taste starts with a hint of chocolate up front followed by some earthy malts in the middle, and finishing with some light spice, a hint of alcohol and some bigger bitterness to ease all that malt.
OldGrowth (2699) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Bottleworks. Good nose. Malty.Chocolate, Root beer,caramel, honey, piney. some spice.. Hazy orange brown color. Small head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors. Same as aroma with a little burnt grapefruit.Thin body., creamy mouthfeel. Dry burnt finish. Very tasty. Not xmasy at all. Wish I had bought more than one.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 dark clear amber with a thin sheet of froth climbing the sides of the glass...dark caramel and nice hop background...good bitterness but staying balamced and nice...hide’s alcohol well.
MIBRomeo (2561) - 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.
PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - 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.
IndianaRed (2501) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a very dark redish brown with very little head and thin but fine lacing. Aromas are carmel, dark malts and some chocolate. Flavors are mostly the same. The ABV is noticeable and the bitterness comes through a bit. Feel is good and carbonation os soft. Finish is a woody bitter note.