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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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John’s Locker Stock Series - Originally brewed at the Issaquah location
A strong but well-balanced winter warmer, this ale has extreme complexity made for a holiday feast. The addition of raisins and molasses in the brewing process produces unusual spiced rum like flavors to go along with the well-balanced malt (two row, brown, crystal 40) and hops (bittering Palisades, aroma Centennial).


3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2006
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a very small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated brown colored body. The mild aroma was malty. The mouth feel was strongly tingly at the start and weakly tingly at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of hops spices vinous and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again. The aroma was its weakest point.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Orange-red sunset w. nice head. Warm, malty aroma full of bread and raisins. Peppery warmness again of bread and raisins w. a light candi malt in the back ground. Finish is all raisins. A a very warming experience--perfect for winter. Full-bodied and all that you would hope for of a winter brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4275) - Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Draft at BW3 downtown Indianapolis. Ivory small head with decent amount of lacing, no visible carbonation, transparent, and a red hue. Malty, hoppy nose. Flavor was sweet, bitter, hoppy and vinuous. Smooth, dry mouthfeel. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 17, 2006
tap at BWW in downtown Indianapolis. Caramel red with a very faint head. vanilla, oak brown sugar, and light bourbon on the nose. yes, mabye this was a barrel-aged version --> i dunno. flavors are big oaky, woodsy and very dry with lots of hop bitterness. body is medium with a light surupy feel. fuzzy carbonation which detracts just a bit. lots of resin on the finish-mouth-puckering dryness. pretty cool beer. maybe i got a barrel-aged version because i tasted alot of oak and some bourbon as well.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Poured a reddish amber color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chamomile, smoke, roasted malt, and caramel. Taste of more roast, caramel malts, tropical fruits, cloying sweet molassas, and chewy raisins (not enjoyable) and a bitter, grapefruit, hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2006
I have always wondered if it was possible to have too much hops in a beer. This beer answers with a loud YES! Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joes in Pittsburgh this beer poured a dark brown color with a large tan head. The extremely strong spicy and floral hops assault the nose before the glass has come anywhere near. The overwhelming hop scents are also heavily laced with the aroma of black pepper corns. The flavor is an almost painful all out spicy and floral hop attack with some fruity hops trailing and again a black pepper corn element. I only had a few sips and am certain I would have trouble drinking a whole pint. Very interesting but a difficult beer to get through.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2006
On tap at KClinger’s. Deep red with an off-white head. Lots of dark fruit and caramel in the aroma, alongside alcohol and a huge hop presence. I’d like to think that there’s a lot going on, but the hoppiness overpowers it all. Not bad, but a little over the top. And this coming from a fan of over-the-top beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Tap at Roman’s Pub. The beer pours to a very dark garnet body with an ultra dense creamy off-white head. The flavor is VERY BITTER. We’re talking 400 IBU bitter. Insanely bitter. I wanted to just paw at my tongue like a cat. This is a beer that you have to not stop drinking if you actually want to taste it. The initial shock of bitterness is severe but if you keep sipping without stopping long between sips, the bitterness isn’t very apparent. The aroma is very basic worty malt. The palate is overly bitter and makes my tongue hurt. What the hell were they thinking?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 22, 2006
On tap at Freakin Frog. Amber color with a medium sized head. Very hoppy and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Nice if you are an IPA fan.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2006
On draught at Brickskeller: Hazy redish amber body with a medium beige head that really sticks atop the beer throughout the whole glass, along with some lacing. The aroma has some alcohol, very bitter hops, pine, grapefruit, and caramel, with hints of sweet spice. The taste has some noticable alcohol, pine, citrus, grapefruit, caramel, light roast, pine bark, and very spicy hops. Finishes quite bitter with some sticky sweet caramel syrup and pine notes. Medium bodied, medium carbonated, thick & syrupy at times.


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