Errl (1117) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at The Holy Grail- pour is a Light amber, Small white head..Nose is Spice, Pine..Taste is Earth and Crisp with hints of spruce, Nice palate with lingering spice/ earth taste..I went out of my Style range for this and was not let down..This is a very Solid beer
halfonit (1099) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an golden color with as off-white head. Aromaís of malt, dark fruit, with a faint pine. Flavor is of roasted malt, light spice, and a hop background. Medium body, light bitter, yet slightly sweet. Good to go brew.
wnoble (1096) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle big thanks to mcox90. Pours clear amber. nose is caramels, resinous hope, pines, sweet malts, toasted grains. Flavor is sweet at first the is piney, herbal, citrus, and just a touch of dark caramel grains and almost finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and semi heavy. this one was quite interesting. Enjoyable and festive.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft pour. Dark amber with a red hue. Thin light white head. Spruce in the nose. Spruce in the taste with almost a cherry after taste. Smooth for 7 percent.
beachbum25 (1084) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Lureís-Crownsville MD-golden pour w/a moderate head. Spruce aroma. Spruce malt flavor, some hops mixed in, a little caramel, some roasted nuts. Kind of a muddled mess, not really sure what they were going for here. Didnít really think too much of this one.
fluffy (1056) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
i was actually expecting more of a resiny pine note here, but this is basically like a blond belgian ale with a watery finish, with a mild spice note in there. blah.
neuromatt (935) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear amber with a large, dense frothy head. The head fades slowly, leaving behind a small amount of lace. On the nose, there are notes of spruce, lemon and pale malts, along with herbs and just a touch of earth. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with pale malts, caramel and subtle hints of spruce and hops. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting ale with a remarkable spruce aroma throughout, though it is a little one-dimensional and I tired of it quickly. 2011-11-25
Dfonorow (805) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is caramel colored with an extremely thin white head. Little to no lacing at all and light carbonation. Aroma is of spruce, pine needles, caramel malts, and some Earthy tones. Flavor is much sweeter than the aroma, with a sharp hoppy finish. Pretty well balanced but the carbonation is lacking.
hivemind (692) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Rockland Beverage split with Ryan on Christmas. Pours a medium amber with a huge almost-white head. Mine was poured into a lager glass. Nose is somewhat muted, but I get malt/grain, herbal notes and a bit of pine. I expected this to have a much bigger aroma. Taste is almost equally underwhelming, although itís not boring. There is some dry herb/spice, a little hop bitterness and even some floral notes, but I was expecting more of a piney character given the word "spruce" in the name of the beer. Light mouthfeel and smooth drinking. Maybe my expectations were unfair given that itís a vegetable beer, but I was looking for more forest than garden.
joebudzjoe (661) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. A surprising beer. On the basis this is a well balanced hopped/malted beer, but the spruce flavor is subtle and provides a nice flavor palate. Tasty.