AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm.... I really wanted to like this beer. (From a bottle, the 2005 brew, just out...)
First, the aroma is that sour malt that I donít favor, the pour is amber with a cloudy/fizzy body and a big head....it lost a point for the cloud.
The taste is fairly sweet and that sour malt thing. Perhaps that is the style but, I donít care for it. Bread, carmel, roasted corn. Finishes weirdly, I canít place it strong yet , in different parts of the mouth than I am used too...Damn I really want to like this beer more than I do....BTW, no spruce, I like spruce, whereís the spruce....
Just got done reading some other posts (I usually donít like to bias my post) but saw someone nail the aftertaste ---peanut skins...exactly...
Quillaraymi (89) - USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice appereance, good after taste, the spruce is on the air, I like it a lot.
beerbill (3576) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours copper colored with a pale head. Aroma is spice and yes, the spruce does come through. Slightly bitter with a very slight alcohol bite. A nice variation to the common winter ale.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Recipe claims that it is made with spruce tips which made me axcited. Alas, there is no detectable spruce/juniper flavor. Instead all we have is a fairly boring ale with little character. Disappointing.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) A nice copper color with a decent head. Starts out a little bitter but has a sweet finish and aftertaste. Works out to be very well-balanced. Another winner from Juneau.
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, off white 2" head, sweet malt faint nose, spruce tips sauteed in butter with sugar to taste, well balanced, minty cooling on the finish but not dry, good beer.
dwyerpg (4917) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís almost summer here in Vegas, which makes drinking this beer seem completely inappropriate. That said, this is a nice treat. Had it a little warm, but this beer is perhaps the poster child for what youíd think of when it comes to winter ales. Glad to note that were not any actual spruce tips in my beer - that wouldíve been unfortunate.
Macanudo (14) - USA - APR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spicey and bitter. This one is truly a seasonal. They add spruce tips to the recipe and you can tell. Nice color and is drinkable right after the pour.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light delicate aroma. Amber and clear, no head. Hops, dark malt middle. Clean for a winter seasonal. Sweetish harsh spruce finish.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
You can definitely taste the spruce tips in this brew. Dark golden nearly amber. The head has a very slight tan to it. This made me think of black liquorice. It doesnít have much for a nose. Iíve had many better tasting beers than this.