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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Roguemike (4) - Post Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2007 does not count
Keep the hops comming John "more hops" Mayer. A great cold weather beer with lots of flavor and a high %.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eman (1) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2006 does not count
Had it on tap. It was at cool-room temp., small whitish head (hard to tell in the dark bar), looked like a barley wine--dark-red, clear. I could smell the hops before drinking it, and a little spice, not much else. Texture wise, the carbonation was pretty low, which contributed to it’s denseness--again, much like a strong barelywine. Now for the flavor: this beer was all over the place, moving from sweet bubble-gummy flavors, to piney hops, to bittersweet malts, to spicey syrup qualities. I agree with the other rater that the raisins/molasses aren’t very present. The alcohol was not apparent--but by the end of the beer I could tell it was around 9-11%. At no point was the flavor week or artificial--very consistent throughout. I really liked this one, although it left me a little confused!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2006
This is really delicious, that is all I can say. The flavor profile is amazingly complex with some spiced rum, along with a hint of molasses, the raisins are not really present and I would have not known they were there had the bartender told me how it was brewed. Amazingly well balanced with just a little heat in the finish, from the alcohol. The spices are very present too. everything about this beer is well represented, hardly anything gets washed out. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19347) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2006
Pretty wonderful pint of beer, lots of malt dark fruit and spices in aroma, texture was smooth and creamy,some backing bitteness but the taste was so big malty and fruity that the bitterness wasn’t a factor. I was engaged in conversation while drinking this and several times just stopped talking to marvel at what a fine brew this was

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Draught at Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise, ID
Murky chestnut color, off-white tanish head with very thick and attractive lacing. The nose is very malty with dark raisin and fig notes. Sweet pinot grapes, strawberry and other fruity hop and alcohol notes. The flavor is intense at first, almost like you need a warmup beer before this. Light acidity, moderate sweetness and bitterness. Hot alcohol in the flavor. Rich body and full mouthfeel, the finish is sweet but balanced. Very nice and full beer. A bit brash and green, but it adds to the character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (775) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2008
On tap at Barleys in Knoxville. Poured a hazy brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is of citrus and pine with dark fruits and raisins. Flavor is sweet malt with raisins and molasses. I had several of these. Really enjoyable.

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