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RATINGS: 52   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).

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Leighton (22327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. A little weird. Pours clear and brown with a sturdy tan head. Aroma gives off plenty of sweet malts and some pine hops. In the flavor is where things got a little strange. Sweet, with syrup and caramel, and boozy, and then there was some hop bitterness hanging around the outskirts, staring in unsettlingly. Also some roastiness - who invited him? Alcohol is not hidden, stumbling around like a drunk acquaintance. (Awkward.) Lacked cohesiveness. Had some interesting elements, but overall everything just didn’t come together.

fiulijn (21274) - 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.

mcberko (18981) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
On tap at Seattle Winter Beer Festival 2014, pours a deep dark amber / mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out some Christmas spices, murky caramel notes, and light hoppiness. Flavour is not good, with notes of feet, herbal notes, and more nasty BO. This is rather off-putting. Not right. Drain pour.

Ferris (16521) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Draft - Malty and some acetone notes. Cloudy copper. Bitter and grainy, not very good, a drain pour.

Tmoney99 (14983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Draft at Barley’s Tap in Chattanooga, TN under JLS #17. Poured dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate complex toasted malt, tart citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2006
(draft) Cloudy brown body topped be a beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, grapefruit, some caramel. Alcohol evident but not overpowering. Intensely bitter. Medium-full body, quite resiny.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/31/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Barley’s, NC

dark opaque amber, thin beige head, touch of lace. sweet malt aroma with nice ripe fruit and riason character, hot alcohol, lingering bitterness is the only thing to identify it as a Rogue, rich fruity malt flavor, a bit thin,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

JorisPPattyn (10072) - 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.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2006
I have always wondered if it was possible to have too much hops in a beer. This beer answers with a loud YES! Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joes in Pittsburgh this beer poured a dark brown color with a large tan head. The extremely strong spicy and floral hops assault the nose before the glass has come anywhere near. The overwhelming hop scents are also heavily laced with the aroma of black pepper corns. The flavor is an almost painful all out spicy and floral hop attack with some fruity hops trailing and again a black pepper corn element. I only had a few sips and am certain I would have trouble drinking a whole pint. Very interesting but a difficult beer to get through.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
draft at bottleworks. crystal, but as dark an amber as is imaginable. dense, creamy, but very short lived tan head that falls away to a slim rim, leaving plenty of lacing. sharp, boozy, somewhat musty nose. creamy medium body with plenty of lively carb. rich black toast, earth, and fresh cut wood on the mid palate. long earthy resinous finish that combines with the vodka twang to make for a pretty abrasive finish. the middle of this beer is ok, but the beginning and end are trouble.

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