rauchbier (3635) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Amber bronze, thin but lasting white head and moderate condition. Strange vegetable aroma with fruity malt, Sweet and woody in the mouth with more malt and a hint of tree bark. Dry and earthy finish with a slight hop bitterness.
johndoughty (4114) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pleasant spiceness and using spruce tips is an experiment in my opinion has paid off.A
nice winter ale with a unique flavour and well worth trying.
pivo (2593) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light doughy and grainy nose, orange color (like the midnight sun, says Shelly), low head. Smooth malt base with a hint of maple syrup. Spicy end with hop character. Good transitions. Solid ale.
RichardGretton (4298) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flat dark ale with a strongly hopped vineous aroma and a mainly bitter flavour. A basic American strong ale.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer. What a kooky category. Anyhow, clear amber body topped by a frothy white head. Lacing, well, it looks nice, not killer, but decent. This beer came all the way from freaking Alaska! That's a long way! Aroma is sweet and a tad spicy. The flavor is about the same. Actually a bit of a disapointment (at least compared to the Smoked Porter). Some very serious piney notes also, spruce tips according to the bottle. A sweet christmess (no typo) treat this beer is . Body is medium. Finish is very, well, sprucey. Not bad but, definitely different. I see that some have hated this beer, but I find it not too bad. Surely one of the few beers brewed with Spruce Tips!
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
this stuff is great the spruce tip does add some unique flavor and whatever spice is used mixes just right for this winter ale.try it
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice topaz color with a fluffy white head. Mildly hoppy aroma with hints of spice. Interesting flavor. Hits with a taste of Budweiser and immediately switches over to a NICE spiceyness. Then it gets bitter again, and leaves you with a lingering malty sweetness. Interesting. I like it a little more with each sip.
SilkTork (5279) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pastuerised Bottle. From Safeway Supermarket. BBE July 2004. A watery, nutty scarlet colour. No head. Flat sweetish malt aroma - uninteresting. A hint of alcohol in the aroma. Slightly fat mouthfeel initially, then some hardness comes in with a little tingle at the end. Not great. Flavour is a boring sweet malt - pleasant enough, but quite simplistic. Finish is peanut skins. Drinkable, but quite dull, and little sign of craft, quality, or character. Not sure where those spruce tips appear.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF '03 Deep golden in color, aroma of earthy hops, maybe spruce(didn't know at the time)? Decent winter offering.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a medium gold color with little head and almost no carbonation. Aroma is sweet like maple syrup. Taste is very sweet and the body is quite syrupy. Some light hops. Very simple with no interesting complexities.