ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. With less than a finger’s worth of white-colored head and poor retention, it doesn’t create much of an aesthetic impression.
S: There’s a lot of caramel in the aroma, and beneath all that caramel/toffee sweetness are some spruce notes. Let it warm up and it will develop a bit of a dark fruit smell. Nothing too exemplary, but not bad by any stretch.
T: At first, a wave of piny flavor (not hop-derived) engulfs the palate, before allowing the sweet maltiness to take over. General dark fruitiness finishes it off. Apart from the spruce, it’s pretty uninteresting.
M: There’s a certain finishing dryness that helps neutralize the sweet flavors some and create good drinkability in spite of its relative heft. Carbonation is very low, though, which makes it a little syrupy at times.
O: Eh...boring. To be fair, this isn’t a very fresh bottle, but I can’t see this one being fantastic fresh. Worth trying a single for the novelty.
GoufCustom (1654) - HONG KONG - OCT 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in New Town Plaza, Shatin.
Clear amber colour; Half finger head with soapy white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with barely notable slight carbonation; Very fragrant and sweet aroma of malt, with strong blackberries, strawberry mousse, string cherries, red fruits, toffee, chocolates, spruces, floral, sugar, light bread and faint grass; Close to medium sweet taste of full malt, with red fruits, ligt caramel, light toffee, floral, molasses, light cream cakes, very light lemon and thin bitter grassy hops; Full body. Slick and smooth palate; Mouth feel is full Ale maltyness in a thick and pretty creamy background, with strong red fruits and toffee combines for a pretty nice light fruity cream cakes. Not much pine or spruces in the mix. Light floral and fair sweetness. Very low-fi lemon to round. Very nice!... Hoppiness is strong blackberries, floral and faint grass in nose. Floral, very light lemon and thin grass in taste; Bitterness is very light for an abrupt, very low-fi sweet malt finish; Fairly dry after taste. Sweet fruity and very easy to mouth.
Comments: This one spruce and pine influence is not too obvious, instead it is the nice aroma of dark berries and fruit cream cakes that stole the show, with rich red fruit malt and hidden booze ran for a strong finish. A very solid pine ale that excels. Lovely!
MarcinG (483) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2016 Butelka 330ml. Miedziany kolor. Piana biala niska,szybko opadajaca do zera. Aromat rozgotowanych warzyw slodu delikatnych nut swierkowych. W smaku slodowo slodkawe o niskiej karbonacji. Raczej plaskie smakowo z przewaga owocowo -warzywnych posmakow z lekko cytrynowym finiszem.
Klimaet (1980) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Vestergaard. Pours clear amber, small white head. Aromas of orange, malt, fruit juice, dark fruits, yeast. Taste is malty, sweet fruits, sugar. What the
Vestergaard (1764) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to Ottfather. Pours a clear golden amber with a big, white head. Aroma has yeasty esters, lots of fruits, vienna malts, berries. Taste is sweet, light sour, metallic, but no real bitterness? Juicy body, average carbonation. Oh well.
HourGlass13 (626) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours up a brownish orange color, with a medium head. Aroma is sweet malty with some yeast and resin. Tastes like mayonnaise, sweet, creamy, some herbal, pine and lemon notes in flavor. Lots of loose sediment floating around. OK but not something I would get again.
arkanu (52) - Iasi, ROMANIA - APR 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber in colour, a decent head that doesn’t stay for too long. There are clear notes of pine with pollen sweetness, the alcohol taste in well masked behind the woody notes and refreshing pine aroma. Carbonation is just perfect. It’s really worth trying it, even though ’beer purists’ will say it’s not bitter enough and does not taste like a beer -> it’s a very good beer, imho.
ManVsBeer (8772) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cheers Liquor Store, Todmorden, and have had this previously at the Manchester Christmas Markets. Deeper amber in colour with no head. Has a heavy pine aroma, with some similar woody and earthy flavours. There’s some orange citrus in here too and its strength is evident but not overbearing.
alex_leit (2563) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden color. Aroma: malty, a little honey, jam, pine pollen. Taste: raspberry jam, malt, nectar, sweet sherry, a bit herbs, pine and spruce.
lello4ever (720) - ITALY - MAR 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Colore ambra chiaro, mediamente velata. Schiuma bianco sporco, di buona ampiezza e persistenza, a grana fine. Al naso molto piacevole, caramello, frutta, miele, veramente dolce. Anche la bevuta conserva queste percezioni, un malto davvero dolce, caramellata, zuccherina, molto particolare come ale. Solo nel finale si avverte appena una nota erbacea che richiama il pino del nome. Il corpo è medio, carbonazione pure, quindi non si addice del tutto alla bevuta meditativa.
uckelman (648) - Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber, clear. Small amount of head. Spruce is pronounced and sweet in the aroma. Flavor is resinous without being overwhelmingly piney. Would probably be a good amber ale even without the spruce. Velvety palette.