neuromatt (1140) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a tulip. Pours clear caramel with a smallish tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big notes of caramel and toasted malts, along with hints of fruit, perhaps strawberry, and touches of herbs and forest. The flavour is quite interesting; it begins moderately sweet and becomes more so, with woodsy, piney notes along with big caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. It closes with a moderate sweet finish that also has hints of earth, spice and bitterness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Scots pine ale that pairs rich malty sweetness with a hint of piney woodsiness. The sweetness does become a bit much after a while, but it would make for a nice dessert alternative. 2013-02-21
jjsint (747) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, bought from somewhere in Buckingham. Close to the sell-by date for what it’s worth. Orange-brown, very hazy. Smell of malt, bit of orange peel. Spruce is there but not to the fore. Lovely taste, very moreish. Sweet with a bit of vegetable savoury. Sweetish finish almost reminiscent of a Belgian Tripel. The beer certainly grows on me. Wouldn’t mind another - some other time. For tonight this is enough.
Rasmus40 (11092) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Vinspecialisten, Kolding Storcenter. Clear orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and candy. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 160814
spacecube (824) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, pours clear golden brown, low head. Aroma is malty, honey and caramel, herbal, spruce. Sweet, full bodied, thick texture, soft to flat carbonation. Finish long, sweet & herbal.
peponi (314) - POLAND - AUG 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: diacetyl (looks like), herbs.
Appearance: nice clear maber-golden color, poor head.
Taste: medium bitterness (pine, herbs), spicy and zesty, pine, spruce, slightly sweet, smooth.
Palate: medium body and medum carbonation, smooth and herbal finish.
Overall: Interesting ale with an intensive fresh pine taste.
VastActiv (2794) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 07092012. Colour is cloudy orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, berries, spices and malts.
Lukaduke (2153) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep golden almost amber color with a finger of eggshell foam. Nose is sweet honey, some toasted pinecone and even a hint of smoked malt. Palate follows with some deep forest pine like notes that mingle with a round honey sweetness and a lingering bitter finish.
Alengrin (1347) - BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Classical Scottish beer which, as most other beers from this brewery, intends to honour an ancient brewing technique, and may therefore be regarded as a ’historical beer’. Thinnish head, warm amber colour; rich and spicy aroma of gooseberry, bitter honey, some caramel and wood and an aromatic, hard-to-pin-down spiciness, which I suppose is the spruce that has been added; tastes fruity, malty and elegantly spicy with indeed a subtle accent of pine resin, as well as some woodiness. Interesting.
jksipa (329) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a cloudy amber with a tiny white head that quickly disappears to a slight film. Nose is bread and caramel with some wood and berry. Taste is sweet honey and some cherries with enough bitterness that it is not cloying. Full slick mouth with soft carbonation and a chewy finish. Quite interesting as a sipper.
adster (275) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Már kitöltéskor olyan mennyei illatokkal tölti meg a levegőt, hogy alig győzzük kivárni a kóstolás pillanatait. Mintha egy erdőt szegélyező tisztáson járnánk, olyan üde és friss aromájú. Fenyőgyanta, virágméz, bogyós gyümölcsök illata repít minket a természet lágy ölére, mely illatjegyek az ízlelés során valósággal megtestesülnek. Csodálatosan különleges ez az ale, mely egyediség ez esetben nem sokkhatásként éri ízlelőbimbóinkat: megnyugtató, pihentető és egyszerre ámulatba ejtő az összhatás. Egyik ízjegy sem válik eltúlzottá, vagy giccsessé, túlságosan terpeszkedővé, minden kortyot lágy harmónia leng körül. Azt kell, hogy mondjam, ez az egyik legjobb, illetve legkülönlegesebb sör, amit valaha kóstoltam.
ComradeK (1016) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber, with a small off-white head, which lasts reasonably and leaves good lacing. Fresh spruce and berry aromas mix with an odd, slightly off-putting Vegemite note. A prickly spruce flavour up front gives way to a blend of caramel malt sweetness and berry notes in the mid-palate. Fresh, cleansing pine and more berry make up the finish. An unusual but very enjoyable ale.