OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2004
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. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a transparent brown body with a thin beige head. The aroma is rum cake, figs and other dark fruits, spruce. The flavor is a spruce tree sap, molasses, limes. The palate is resiny, medium bodied, spicy. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Light brown color with a very thin (none) head. Roasted malt that tasted of caramel. Alcohol was all over this. Very mild hop taste. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
(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 (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
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 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
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 (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
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! PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
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. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2005
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. ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a hazy amber brown color. Nose of meaty dark fruits. Taste is caramel and toffee. Pretty good.