DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
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 (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
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. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with acertain - Thanks Andrew! - Pours brown with a large creamy head. Aroma is very malty, caramel, yeast, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is very rich, caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses and some toffee, and vanilla. Full body with a very creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is covered completely and this is a very smooth drinker. Quite tasty and enjoyable. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2005
From the bottle.Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Pours dark with red hlighlighgts and a modest head. The aroma packs a serious punch of of big spruce hops and blast of well-roasted malt. The flavor is strong and sharp, with the too-common threefold aggression (hops, dark malts, alcohol) of the less impressive PacNW winter ales. No balance here, but rather a set of overly-strong flavors competing with one another and leaving the palate battlegroung as scorched-earth. Bitterness and aggressive malt and sticky-sweet oils all clash with one another.
This one features the worst characteristics of the LaConner brews (particularly, those medicinal hops) with little of the good.
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a reddish brown with a small beige head. aroma of caramel and dark fruits. flavor was caramel, dark fruits, and sweet. light body and no carbonation.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Do I detect butter? The ’rum-like’ flavors and winter release lead me into more of a festive butter rum note, along with some pine and marshmallow. Dark caramel in the glass, light tan head. Stale malt, dusty middle, warming copper finish. Initially rated lower, but it grew on me to become a 3. 010311 This bottle has a year on it and there’s a little infected nose. Remains drinkable with ample pine. BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Dark reddish brown appearance. Fruity red wine aroma with coffee tones. Dryish coffee flavor turning fruity, sherryish half way through. Plenty of sweet cranberry and strawberry. Balances well in the aftertaste with the fruitiness and roasted malt lingering. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
TANNENBAUM--WINTER ALE--12 OZ. BOTTLE
1998. 7.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Cloudy deep red color. Potent brew. Rich, thick malt body with light spice flavors. Clean easy finish disguises potency. Sampled 2/19/1999.
1999--7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear dark bronze red color. Hoppy front with crusted toast hints. Dry taste with rich roasted toffee flavor and malty body. Medium heavy. No fruit sweet notes till end. Big hop balance in dry end. Sampled 12/5/1999.
2000--7.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Big loose sediment. Rich hazy dark red color. Sweet thick roasted body is rich and overwhelmingly flavorful. Roasted spiciness throughout. Finishes thick hot and spicy. A very big beer. Somewhat unbalanced. Sampled 11/3/2000.
2001--7.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear rich deep bronze red color. Roasted spicy sweet hop front. Light head. Rich roasted spicy malty body with light sweetness. Tangy clean and smooth. Roasted nutmeg clean hop end. Hot hints. Rich. Tasty. Sampled 11/8/2001.
2002-A--7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Dark ugly bronze color. Mild lacy head. Rich spicy spruce front. Smooth sweet roasted spice malt body. Clean thick and not too sweet. Sediment accents toasted banana ester cocoa notes. Clean rich spruce hop end. Sampled 11/14/2002.
2002-B--7.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Hazy bronze brown color. Light head and lace. Rich spicy sediment infused ester hop front and sweet smooth toasted rich malt spruce yeasty body. Creamy texture. Rich chalky mild winter spice end. Smooth. Sampled 11/26/2002.
2003--8.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Thick pour. Light lacy head. Hazy dark burgundy black color. Rich roasted mild spice floral hop front. Sweet thick smooth rich roasted caramel cherry toffee spicy malt body. Clean balanced hop spice end. Sampled 11/17/2003.
2004-A--8.50% ABV. 55 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Light lacy head. Clear dark bronze ruby red color. Spicy toasted floral malt fruit hop front. Rich creamy sweet nutmeg spruce smoky roasted crusty caramel fruit biscuit body. Clean dry rich roasted hop end. Sampled 11/12/2004.
2004-B--8.50% ABV. 55 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy light head. Clear dark amber bronze red color. Rich roasted spicy hop front. Sweet smooth crusty creamy mild nutmeg fruit ester roasted caramel biscuit body. Wheat hints? Hot spicy mild hop end. Rich. Sampled 11/19/2004.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 This was quite unique. Some rum/vinous taste to the beer. Very thick and somewhat sweet with a fruity and malty complexity. Very good beer. Underrated. Get this. ReRate 12-2003: AWESOME. Dry cascade hops in the aroma. Taste is big, sweet, and full. Rum flavors still there. So damn mellow. Hops creep in at the end but are so subtle. I want to age this- if I can find any more. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle. Hazy mahogany-red body, thin white head. Apricot over bran muffin aroma. Glazed dark bran bread flavor with an emphasis on sweet brown sugar. The finish features light floral orange citrus hops and a sprucey hop bitterness. Nice rich mouthfeel, but otherwise an uninspiring beer.