rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
waaaayyyyy under-rated (in my opinion). flavors of lightly roasted malt, candy sugar, and just a touch of maple syrup / spruce tips (this is in no way a "novelty" beer). medium hopping. slightly on the sweet side - but not out of character for the style and pretty well balanced. have found to be great on tap or in the bottle, relatively warm or ice cold. easy to drink, very enjoyable winter ale.
AnokaBrewer (81) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No aroma or taste of spruce in this beer. The aroma was sweet to me like the sweetness from malt. Amber and clear in color with very little head or carbonation. Tasted very sweet with a sweet finish.
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excellent head, but little lace. Neutral amber color and crystal clear
Strongly malty, nice crystal; slightly sweet. Mild hop.
Some sherry-like flavors from the sweeter malt. Some fruitiness. The aftertaste is very short, but has a touch of hop to it. Good hop in the middle of the taste. Full body, low carbonation.
This is a relatively rich and slightly warming (from alcohol) beer. Understandable to be offered during the winter.
Beerenberger (1563) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
A sweet aroma comes a clear golden pour with a thin white ring and no lacing. The taste is fruit sweetness, spices, caramel and malts. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, ok, but too sweet (Big Red) for me.
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 12. Aroma is berry, spruce and Christmas. Flavor is berry sweet, but like artificial berry flavor. Has a lip balm flavor to it. Finish is fairly smooth, but the sweetness does not sit well in my stomach.
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, with hints of biscuit and cotton candy. Taste/Palate: thin, sweet, and creamy.
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber body with a short, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted grain, pine. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation. The spruce is obvious in the sweet finish. Average at best.
Mittenator (1561) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at a small pub in MI from notes. Light gold with a white head. Hay and grass. Mild overall with nothing sticking out.
Pailhead (5445) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate spruce with some light caramel, toffee, and spice. It pours a transparent amber with a one finger off-white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel. There are some light spruce/pine notes in the middle. The finish has a light-moderate gummy life-savors and light spice. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, the gummy life-savor flavors are too much for me.
firstsip (590) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Dark, clearish copper. Banana, clove nose. Really solid Belgian entry -- candi sugar, banana, clove.
rumproasts (3762) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Deep amber with one finger head. Medium malt with a bit of spruce sweetness. Mild hop bitterness. Interesting take on this style.