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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 21, 2006
Poured a hazy brown color with an orange hue and small creamy beige head. Sweet malty aroma of caramel, candy, and oranges. Citrus hops mixed in. Sweet malty flavor to start. Light citrus and acidity grows to a large expanding piney bitterness. Very long finish. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9822) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2006
Draught, brewed at Issaquah Chestnut colour with yellow, fine head. Sweet nose, molasses indeed, syrupy. Maybe some grapes. Quite hoppy, bitter taste, and not at all sweet despite the backing and adjuncts. In fact, the finish is even harsh metallic without pine. Retronasal some cake. Dry, despite, etc., etc. Full bodied. The balance is not quite there. Lots of differences between nose & taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2006
Draft on 15th at Summits Atlanta. Muddy brown with a moderate head. Sweet caramelly malt aroma, with some dark fruits in there and some grassy citrus hops. Similar malty flavors with the grassy citrus hops, and it seemed a bit less fruity than the aroma. Clean finish. Decent beer - it was good, but at the same time, it wasnt a wow for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2006
Murky reddish brown color with a decent white head. Aroma is nutty and full of obvious malty sweetness. Unfortunate raisin and butter flavor with an abrasive bitter finish. I found myself enjoying this beer less with every sip until I finally pushed the glass away about 3/4 of the way through. Its just not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2006
Ehh, against the grain on this one. Looked great, a hazy dark brown with a tan head, and had a decent spicy/hoppy aroma. Taste was definitely malty but a quite unpleasant combination of spices and hops that assaulted my tongue. Usually i like beers with lots of odd ingredients, this one just fell short.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4055) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2006
on tap at Speakeasy in Chapel Hill, NC. went out on a limb and tried this one--always up for trying something new. i must admit my first impressions of this brew was the overpowering maltiness mixed with sugary molasses aroma and flavor it presented itself with. wasnt really sure i liked it at first, but knowing what i know now (thats its almost 10%abv) i can reconsider my rating. could definitely taste that alcohol but didnt think it was that high. was my first and only beer of the night. poured a dark amber brown with a small white head that dissipated rather quickly. very full flavor and body. would like to try again. wish i could have drank it slower but my company did not allow it. one of the more interesting beers rogue has produced.

   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 wasnt 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 11, 2006
[email protected], Winter Park, FL. Hazy dark brown/ruby with a large, creamy, off white head. Aroma of roasty malt, resinous hops, dark fruit, molasses. Same flavors in addition to some anise like spice with the hops picking up some piney notes. Same pacman yeast? Tasting a bit of belgian character in there somewhere. Full, balanced body. Kind of syrupy in the finish. Nice warming, hop heavy, winter brew. A steal at $3 a pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Draught at Tylers in Durham, NC. Attractive hazy brown color with a commanding creamy off white head that laced the glass. You can definitely smell the raisins, but there is also a hint of cinnamon, alcohol, and sprucy hops. Smooth, warm, and slick. Raisin comes out again in the flavor along with the alcohol and molasses. There is also a bit of hop flavor in the background and a pleasant bitter hop finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2006
Draught at Barleys in Knoxville. Pours a dark, hazy red with tight beige head that leaves a wall of lacing. The aroma is very malt, with sweet raisins, leafy hops, and a trace of alcohol. The flavor is mostly assertive hop bitterness (though with very little actual hop-flower flavor) and is quite robust. Under all the hops is some baking chocolate, earth, ash, prune, and raw grain. The bitterness lingers for quite a long time, but is not unpleasant. Very warming, too.

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