mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet caramel aroma and flavor with very mild hops.Slight taste of pine at the finish.At least it has a moderate ABV.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours like a pale ale, with a flash in the pan hissing but quickly dissipating foam. Sweet fruity aroma with some mild peppery spice. Sweet bubble gum, obviously high alcohol palate. A little spice and sharpness in the finish but nothing too exciting.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper/orange pour with a decent cream colored head.Not much of the spruce for me but then there wasn’t much of anything.light malty front with a little hop bite(very little) at the finish. Not alot here.
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2002
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Nasty Nasty Nasty....Tasted like a tree
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear orange-copper body with minimal head. Aroma is very sweet fruity (berry) and slightly caramel. Flavor is really berry and slightly malty with a trace of piny hops on the back half of the tongue. Doesn’t do it for me.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle of the 2002 vintage. Copper color with basically no head. A clear spruce or pine aroma that appropriately takes a back seat to the malts. The flavor is a little sweet and sticky with some fruit.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange/ruby hue with lively bubbles but no head. With a long deep sniff...fruit, evergreen, spice and alcohol. Sweet...I taste hemp seed, it must be the spruce, it lingers on the tounge long after the beer is gone. A bit mild for a winter ale. I expected a thicker fuller bodied beer. Not bad though.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 really nothing special here. Cinnamon and fruits in the nose but lacks depth and where the hell are the spruce tips? well carbonated & kind of spicy. Too bitter on the finish for my taste. Re-rate feb 2004: well, well, I really didn't know what to look for in this ale previously. I actually appreciate it a good deal more these days. spicyness and moderalte alcohol warm the innards, and fill with wintertime cheer. A bit too effervescent.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Yellow-brown color with little to no head. Sweet malt aroma and maybe a hint of the spruce tips. Starts sweet/caramel with a sweet/bitter middle and a slight bitter and alcoholic finish. Smooth medium body.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Frech grais and vinious malts with a clear cooper color but <b>wheres the head?</b>. Sweet malts and burnt marshmello, toffee, and a little spruce. Some hops are hideing off to the side at the begining of the glass but midway barleywine-like malts and puffs of alcohol send them packing. I was hopeing for more spruce.