Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
North Americaís oldest beer style brewed with local spruce & fir tips, blackstrap molasses & dates. Dark amber and brown colouring. Aroma is a comforting mix of spruce boughs, caramel malts, molasses and dates. Complex and full bodied, it balances the crisp bitterness of spruce and fir gum with the warming flavours of molasses and bittersweet chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
simonblaine (469) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Pours auburn, medium size head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, cherry chocolate. Flavours of creamy dark chocolate, dark fruits, molases. Velvety, tasty, complex flavours. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YigSvartka (238) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 5, 2015
Nearly opaque copper brown. Minimal head. Pungent aroma containing caramel, malt, molasses, spruce, and black licorice. Mid bodied. Creamy and smooth. Complex and lingering flavours consisting of malt, caramel, mild roast, black licorice, spruce, and nuts. Mild hop to finish. Wonderfully robust brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1412) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle to goblet Spruce, caramel, flowers, orange, and pomegranates. Dark amber with a thin tan head. Taste is orange rind, grenadine, cherry, red pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewGoblin (591) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - FEB 5, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (901) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 3, 2015
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GraffitiVandal (150) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2905) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cards04 (2466) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (5069) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2226) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
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.

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