Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasted, slightly alcoholic aroma with very little head retention or lacing. Distinct, pleasant flavor at the start that may become a little forced by the end of the bottle. Proper serving temp a must.
vipinvelp (3886) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clar amber, no foam remaining. Not too strong in aroma, but nice taste. Light carmale, some barley, bit sweet. Old Ale. (Houston 201605)
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours medium amber with a thin laced head. Aromas grass, toffee, hay, spruce, slight caramel. Flavors toffee, slight caramel, hay, grass and slight maize. Medium sweet. This needs more concentrated malt and complexity.
markas101 (2305) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, The Beer Grotto, Ann Arbor, MI. Clear copper. Metallic caramel aroma. Sweet, some floral hops. Mostly sweet.
andrewje41 (2961) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Here is a situation where I expected one thing and was very wrong. Draft pour pint at Frankies. Clear golden pour with an active fizz head. Sweet berry aroma and flavor. Very soft hops, and a fruity, sweet malt finish. Tasty.
SODAK14 (354) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really nice dark brew. Pours dark with a small head. Easy to drink a few but now sue how many after that...kind of a heavy tasting beer.
J_man (936) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma seems to be ripe red fruit and caramel. Fairly clear medium yellow body with a white head. The fruit comes through as cherry and strawberry with a strange slightly sour over-ripeness. Body is fairly thin and kind of watery. I’m not getting any spruce/pine flavors. I’ve had this before and I remember it being very different, so I may have a bad bottle. I’ll re-rate after trying another one.
solidfunk (7701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2016
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
A lot of unfermented sugar in here and some citrus tang. Very syrupy consistency, sweet and tangy finish. Doesn’t come together very well. Tap at Alaska Lodge at SEATAC.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4663) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This ale brewed with spruce tips is 6.4% and pours a pretty amber-orange that reminded me of an IPA. The nose is malty sweet toffee with a minty evergreen edge to it.
Med-full bodied with a scratchy carbonation. The flavor is weirdly candyish - cotton candy, mint, toffee. The spruce tips come through in the finish. It is odd, like a sweet berry cake or pie that ends with mint and pine. Not at all what I was expecting but I’ll give them points for originality!
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 13, 2015
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Mitsuya. Pours a dark copper with a very small, thin white head that dissipates almost instantly. Malt aromas with some light spruce and bamboo. Body feels thin but malt-forward with a harsh, paint-thinner-like boozy notes on the finish. Not good.
GTAEgeek (1971) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark copper color, with some bubbles, but no head. The nose is rye, caramel, pine, and bread dough. Sweet and very malty, with no real hop bitterness, but some spice and light roasted bitterness. Medium to heavy body, very thick, clingy, and a little acidic. This is a nice malt bomb. Sweet and chewy, and the spruce adds a lot.