BigBeer45 (1301) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Champanes,
this ale had a clear copper/bronze-red pour and gave a small white and faint off-white cover that receded to a ring and a few small spots of bubbles,
the nose had aromas of toasted malt and caramel, faint fruit that somewhat resembled bruised apple,
some pine scents with faint wood and earth in the background, and it had a faint brown sugar sweetness,
the flavors was the same as the aroma except the spruce tips were more evident and gave a little freshness to the flavor of the toasted malt, the caramel and brown sugar like sweetness were a bit more noticeable, the finish had a little malt sweetness that was kept in check by the spruce tips,
the mouth feel was light and creamy and had average carbonation,
a nice blend of an amber beer with spruce tips to add a little pine freshness to the nose and flavor, the spruce tips were tame in this drink,
this beer was not big Winter beer drink, but it was a nice drink that could be drank all day long, the spruce tips add a nice pine freshness and a touch of earth and wood to the background.
SlimHabib (279) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour. Clear copper amber with lots of carbonation, but a very small head. Aroma is caramel, toast, nuts, and spices. Light to medium body. Grass, nuts, and lots of spices.
chucklemation (680) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale gold with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel. Flavor is caramel, with a lot of sweetness and light bitterness. Has a nice body feel. I donít get any of the spruce that the beer advertises, but itís still fine.
Obfuscate (230) - Minneapolis, - NOV 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can smell the spices in this one. First snowfall of the season so I decided to try my first winter beer of the season. Got this Ina make your own 6 pack. Not too impressed there are winter beers that are better.
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Aroma of fruit, toasted malt, and a bit of a nutty aroma. Flavor matches, very fruity. Almost a bit of a blueberry flavor at the end. Excellent beer.
eachnotesecure (78) - Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
If itís an old ale, but isnít high ABV, you might be disappointed. I was with this, as it had some promise but didnít deliver. The spruce notes are barely there and the overall taste, while not bad, shows nothing distinctive either. I donít need a pine tree to get some spruce, but a little more and a higher ABV would be nice.
superspak (3164) - Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 3/15/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, berries, spruce, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spruce, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, berry, spruce, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, berry, spruce, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, spruce, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, spruce, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
furthur (332) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pretty Amber, slightly orange creamy head. Aroma is malty caramel, slight orange, faintly minty. Taste is malty minty juicy. This isnít sprucy/piney like I expected. Finish is bitter sweet. Palate is quite rich for a "light" beer, carbonation subdued.
milewide (1682) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Spruce aroma and flavor is a laugh compared to http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/shorts-spruce-pilsner I only bought one bottle!
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old ale? Really??
"pretty week beer underneath the spruce tips and all the other spices, but they are done well. maybe i just expect winter brews to be darker and/or stronger or more aggressive. pleasant enough, with a somewhat unique flavor profile. worth trying, at least every couple years."