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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).


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Draft, thanks for the sample argo0. Dark amber body with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is roast, caramel with plenty of piney hops. The flavor is fairly bitter, grapefruit, pine, caramel, somewhat dry, plenty of alcohol in this one. The mouthfeel is chewy with tight carbonation and a warm finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2006
(draft) Cloudy brown body topped be a beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, grapefruit, some caramel. Alcohol evident but not overpowering. Intensely bitter. Medium-full body, quite resiny.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2006
Tap at Andy’s. Orange body with a tan creamy head. Bitter after taste. Good blend no notice an the %.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2006
Tap, color and consistency of turbid water, very small off-color head. Aroma is very strong and earthy, definate raisin aroma and flavor, tastes as if aged in wine barrels, fantastic flavor - although not the best for somewhat warm evenings, would be better served during the dead of winter. I like this one, and will get it again (if the chance arises) in colder climates.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2006
On tap. Dirty dark brown color, small brown head. Malty sweetness of dark fruits and molasses, with just enough dryness on the finish. Warming going down, with a lingering spiced tea flavor. In cold weather, I could drink nothing but this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2006
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Murky orange-red body, medium cream head. Caramely aroma with toast and bitter, citric hops. Caramely, bready malts give way to strong bitter grapefruit rind tones that strengthen in the finish, leaving a long, bitter aftertaste. This seems more appropirate as a winter beer than a spring/summer beer, but it’s on tap now, regardless. A solid offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2006
Draught. Brown red appearance, hazy, aroma of a ginormous amount of hops. Flavor is offputting. You can’t taste anything because of the hops. Has malt--I can tel from alcohol aftertaste. Ridiculous beer. Although it does mellow some with time.... Reminds me of the Brutal Bitter...thanks to Rogue, we know what it is like to have too much hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2006
On Tap at Summits. Summits? Pours a medium amber, slighty hazy, and a nice lasting thin head. Aroma is fruity with esters, caramel apples, and thick with raisins. Rum like aroma but alcohol is hidden well- also a good addition of citrus hops. Flavor is thickly sweet- but not cloying at all. More fruits, raisins, rum, light chocolate malt, dark crystal malt, and a clean citrus bitterness in the end. Very smooth overall. They should bottle this. I bet it would age very very well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2006
Murky brown, with a dense, sturdy brown head. Initial whiff of piney hops, then a nicetoasty background. Surprisingly creamy palate. Big earthy, dirty hop bite up front, then a smooth, somewhat caramelly toasty malt flavor. Hop bitterness returns for the finish - big and sticky, with an almost tar-like flavor, plus some black papper. A little bit of alcohol burn at the end. Draft at Barley’s, Knoxville.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2006
Draught at Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas
Dark brown color. Unexpected fruity aroma. Full malty flavor, fruity and aromatic hop, round, sweet caramel, light liquorice, well blended. Excellent.


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