Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, and pine. It pours a reddish-brown that is mostly transparent when held to the light. It has a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The finish has mild pine and faint roast. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a slightly hazed very deep brown hue with a small, off-white head with marginal head retention. Aromas are of cocoa, milk chocolate, dark fruits, bitter, earthy, berries, licorice, iodine, nutty, high protein grain, toasty. Coffee, molasses, fruity. Flavors are of roast, cola, molasses, and jammy berries. Pretty dry. Mild rustic, resiny, earthy character. Smooth roast, tart red wine. Clean albeit dry finish. Not bad. Bitter finish. Moderate carbonation, thin. Not bad
Lowe1983 (1351) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and roasted malts. Slight hint of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is sweet as well with so roasted malts. Only a small hint of some alcohol warming as well.
Nsanders (518) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red brown with a thick khaki head. Aroma is malty, pine, with very mellow sugar and berry in the background. Taste is sweet, sour, bitter, all in quick succession. It has a soapy water consistency. The spruce seemed much more dominant than the blackberries, it would be interesting to try a version of this less the spruce.
Tmoney99 (10804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting and good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and sweet resin aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.
hayduke (3385) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with Strykzone of FB Chat. Release 1. Poured a rich brown with a medium sized tan head. Medium in body. Lively mouthfeel but still smooth .Flavor is compex and roasted malts. with berry, citrus, and chocolate in the finish, Really well blended beer. The spruce tips add zing Really.really tasty
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Hayduke and shared with him via facebook chat. Release #1 and 5.9 ABV. A lot of red is with the dark brown during the pour. A one finger tan head. This smells like a berry cobbler with big malts. That berry fruit is tasted throughout and the roasted malts and chocolate malts work nicely. The spruce is tasted and adds a spiciness. Ron spotted this. Citrusy hops. The finish was a little thin and the fruit came out even more and then the last sip brought more chocolate.
portableparty (1919) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle ( release #2 7.0 abv.) Pours brown with a reddish tint and little soapy off white head. Aroma has roasted malt and earthy scents along with some subtle berry notes. Taste is more roasted malt and bitterness with the blueberries showing more in the taste. Palate is thin with a chalky dry finish. Decent, but nothing I would go out and get again.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours mahogany with a loose tan head of foam. The aroma is a little blueberry esters, a little dusty nuttiness, a mineral note and just a dash of roasted malts. The taste is similar where I get a sliver of sweet dark fruity esters mixing with a mildly tart note, some nuttiness and then roasted malts. Into the finish some highly roasted malts join in too. There seems to be an off flavor too that’s sort of tartness or maybe a light astringency that is a tad off putting. OK, the label states Spruce Tips, maybe that’s what’s going on.
Ratman197 (9948) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap t Bakcountry Pizza poured a clear reddbrown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roastiness, cocoa, light fruittiness and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, roastiness and liught fruittiness with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.