daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a very creamy beige head. Lightly funky aroma that honestly smells like a rotten Christmas tree, with light funk and leather. Hoppy, cedar, Christmas tree, leather, juniper berries, bitter finish.
Peacehammer (614) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with thick head. Grassy sour funk on the nose. Medium light body, finishing hop bitterness. Slight sour note, with flavors of hops and black malt. Very different than anything I’ve ever had.
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak bretty hoppy aroma. Fruity slightly roasted malty bretty hoppy flavor with weak funky hints. Has a weak roasted malty hoppy bretty finish.
MikeLuke23 (67) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice balance of hops & roasty. Smells of pine, spruce, hops. Flavor has bitterness from roast malt an hops, balanced with sweet funky Brett.
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beertimenow (22) - - OCT 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is hops, malt, spruce, and a little funk. Kind of has a porto-potty chemical smell to it. Taste is hoppy, with the spruce adding an interesting touch to it. Peppery up front. Funk, earth, brett, on the back. Very nice.
brokensail (10573) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black colored pour with a tall khaki head. Nice herbal and spruce nose. Plenty of roasted malt, a light brett note, and some grass. A little bit of citrus peel and maybe some chocolate. Heavy roasted malt flavor. A bit of chocolate, some citrus peel, and lots of spruce. A bit of marijuana smoke flavor and a hint of ash.
Errl (1474) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Wchesser for this beer..750ml bottle Batch 7/12 Bottle #129/1531 Pour is dark brown with a rocky tan and dark tan head..Nose is pine,earth,brett,toffee,hops,very earthy with spruce..Taste is pine,earthy,toffee,spruce,brett,fruit,hops,bitter and dry..Palate is dry with earth and wood
jcartamdg (1864) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a thick lacy head. Aroma of spruce and funk. Taste follows. Nice, the best spruce beer ive had.
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beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL consumed at a tasting. This may be the best Crooked Stave beer I have yet to drink. Why? B/c I love me some spruce beers and this is the first bretty spruce beer I have ever had. I just love the mix of the pine and over the top brett, it melds very well. Each part actually takes the edge of the other. Spruce is usually overwhelming and Crooked Stave overwhelms you with slightly acetic brett. But the two feed off of each other to make a more balanced beverage, loved it. Why the hell is this categorized as a Black IPA?
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle purchased at Joy in Denver, Colorado. Batch 7/12, bottle #47 of 1531. The pour is a hazy murky brown with a thick 2 inch khaki head. The head falls slowly with nice lace. The aroma is hoppy pine, mild lemon citrus, and a dry leathery Brett yeast character. Fresh and clean nose. The taste is pine, though initially has a syrup spruce quality to it that is more herbal than happy (not really sweet, though). Behind the slightly gin like spruce is a nice lightly charred roast malt, then the finish shows the dry earthy leathery Brett yeast nicely. The spruce dies out a bit as it warms, and I enjoyed this beer more as it did. The palate is medium to light bodied, higher level of carbonation, with the bone dry yeast and roast malt char in the finish. There is a mineral present as well, which adds to the high level of drinkability. Really creative and unique beer, fun take on hoppier dark ale.