dfearnley (1115) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to goblet
Spruce, caramel, flowers, orange, and pomegranates. Dark amber with a thin tan head. Taste is orange rind, grenadine, cherry, red pepper.
BrewGoblin (517) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - FEB 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Were it year-round I would still savour each wintry whiff. Garrison has conjured up a brew that is the epitome of a white Christmas. Beginning with a ultra clear reddish-brown body that is christened by a light beige cream, a treat awaits. Brazen notes of molasses, burnt chocolate, toffee, wood and the namesake spruce. One lovely sip assures the tongue that it will be coated with a slightly oily hibernal heaven, felicitous to the aroma and dominated in the front by bold and bitter spruce. This brew tapers off slowly with hints of chocolate and fruit cake trailing behind. A real gem of a beer with a nice chewy feel and relaxed carbonation.
ljthiessen (566) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep amber-brown pour with a yellowy beige head. Aroma is malty, lots of molasses, some subtle spruce and cedar notes. Flavour is much the same, lots of molasses, spruce is very subtle. Not what I expected, but unique and pretty tasty.
GraffitiVandal (53) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ENG: 650ml bottle from Liquor Mart Winnipeg. Dark amber, brown-red, purple color with small light-brown head. Strongly smoked aromas with malts, resin and hints of herbal hops in background. Tastes very sweet, woody, smoked, roasted caramel and bitter like tannines from dark tea essence. Very strong resin, spruce and incense tastes. Sweet, bitter and raisins in the aftertaste. Low carbonation and full body, oily and thick.
PL: Butelka 650ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg. Ciemno-bursztynowa, brązowo-czerwona a nawet nieco fioletowa barwa z niewielką jasno-brązową pianą. Mocno wędzone aromaty z dodatkiem słodůw, żywicy, nieco ziołowego chmielu w tle. W smaku dość słodkie, drewniane, wędzone, palone karmele i gorycz przypominająca taniny z esencji ciemnej herbaty. Bardzo mocna żywica, świerk i kadzidła. W posmaku dość słodka goryczka i rodzynki. Niskie nasycenie i pełne ciało, oleiste i gęste.
northropfrye (2375) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark purple body some off whit head. Aroma is initially fresh spruce, herbal, grassy, also molasses. Taste has the herbal element as well but the sweetness turns it into a kind of rosey floral taste like rose pedal hookah tobacco. Grape hubba bubba bubblegum in there as well. Not bad. Unique.
cards04 (2023) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didnít get this. These flavors just didnít mesh for me. Pours a maroon with off white head. Aromas are sweet and malty.. Caramel and banana. Notes of medicine too. Notes of medicinal hops and sweet malts. Not for me. But considering the rating.. Iím in the minority.
reebtogi (4489) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a finger of beige head that leaves some spotted lacing behind. Aroma is spruce tree with some caramel and spicy notes. Taste is a caramel malty sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with some nice carbonation that leaves a mild tickle on the tongue. A well crafted brew that is tasty and balanced and begs to be sampled.
patricks110 (1842) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours our a dark opaque brown with burgundy hues. The aroma is delightedly spruced up with notes of spruce and floral notes and light herbal aromas. Solid roasted malts with toasty caramel and toffee notes and light vanilla. A bit sweet with a rich malt profile. A bit of a vanilla note with the roasted malts and then the finish has a lingering spruce or pine needle flavour. Quite a herbal and floral finish with mild hops and a bit of underlying bitterness. A nice brew overall.
DomD (131) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Not surprisingly it has a nice aroma of spruce with a hint of molasses. Pours a dark amber with tan head. Taste is medium to heavy bitter. Medium bodied, with a creamy sticky texture. Truly an interesting brew and a good alternative to a double IPA.
Bulk_Carrier (2354) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy red to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing trickling down the sides of the glass.
The smell had a decent spruce to sweet molasses. Combined, well not really. It seems as though these smells come in at separate times.
The taste was mainly sweet with a slight kick of sprucy piney - ness. Was that vanilla in there too? If so, I kinda like how that works in with the spruce and molasses, nice.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but Iím wondering if some of it is due to the spruce in it.
Overall, well the Alaskan breweries canít seem to get to get this right or at least to me but my hat goes off to this Canadian brewer for getting this right. Oh Canada, wait a minute, Iím still American.