fiulijn (20993) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Draught at the brewpub, 10 ozDrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Dark amber to brown color, cloudy, with small head. The aroma is not much developed; it had a solid malt and caramel flavor, and orangey resiny hops. I would prefer less yeast presence, but it’s a good beet anyway.
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The great Tannenbaum poured a mean reddish maroon color with a slightly pearlishy white head that was fairly lean and faded quickly. The aroma was all about the hints of cherry and vanilla spices but there was definitely a hint of woody and pineyness in there. The taste is definitely hoppy...very dry in the finish with a fruitiness in mid sip. Definite acidity here..but really it seemed like your typical american strong ale. Very citrusy/fruity right up front followed by a total dry hopped finish. There's a slightly sweet finish as you hit the bottom, where you can finally taste those malts..but man what a struggle it was.... overall it was nothing special..but fun to taste at the moment. Oakes (18200) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Draught, at the brewpublukeris (5) - USA - NOV 30, 2007 does not count
Slight haze. Reddish-brown colour. Rather butterscotchy aroma with a little bit of malt. Palate is rich and malty, with butterscotch (much less than in the aroma, thankfully), earth, a hint of pine, and plenty of toffee. Chewily sweet finish. Alcohol lingers late on the palate. Despite the problematic aroma, this is actually quite a good ESA.
a beautiful red/amber color with fast dissipating tan head. First aroma was a strong smell of butterscotch. Followed by hop, malt, and a haunting aroma of minty pine. As it airs, the pinyness becomes more prevalent (is it the power of label suggestion?). I taste the malt first, which initially echoes the smell of butterscotch, going into a pine/hop/roasted malt flavor. A nice smooth texture. The finish is a bit smoky and peaty. Later-I found the finish excessively smoky. I felt as if I had smoked a cigar. IndianaRed (4869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle Pours a very dark redish brown with very little head and thin but fine lacing. Aromas are carmel, dark malts and some chocolate. Flavors are mostly the same. The ABV is noticeable and the bitterness comes through a bit. Feel is good and carbonation os soft. Finish is a woody bitter note.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Darker red colour with a light tan head. The aroma is quite hoppy for with some dark caramel and molasses. Sweeter body with a finish of some hops. Nice balance. jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
Thanks to Chuck. The pour is medium amber with a creamy head. Aroma is sour fruit primarily. Flavor is molasses and hopps. Eh, not a favorite. Fairly mediocre. 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. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Rerate, with my previous 3.9 description below. I’m only noting the changes.
Man, this has really gone downhill.
Pours the same brown but no head or lacing. The flavor is less complex and more syrupy. Palate isn’t as crisp and is a bit cloying. Overall, this has taken a dive, IMO. What was once a great Winter offering is now just average.
Pours a cloudy brown with a nice head and some lacing, despite a vigorus pour.
Aroma is strong of molasses and caramel with some nice floral hops.
Flavor took me a while to figure out; there’s some pine flavoring. Well balanced dark malts with some strong hops make up most of the flavor, but the pine and other spices make it complex.
Palate is very full and crisp for the style. Overall, it’s good and worth seeking out. DarkElf (3066) - 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.