albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good tasting beer. Mild sprucy aroma reminiscent of some hiking trips. Nice brownish beer with a small head and little lace. I like this beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottled. Jan ’05. A chance to revisit the rating below with a fresher bottle. Same odd cloudy color as before. Piney resin, and perhaps some juniper is noted. Very volatile, but not too alcoholic, is such a thing is possible. Some cola and cedar taste at the. A complex brew, yes.<hr>
Bottled. Rated Dec. 2003. This was 2-1/2 years past its "Best by:" date, but still very nice. Opens with a nice sarsaparilla and citrus smell that resolves to a winy nose. Pours a cloudy brown with close to no head. Sweetness is resiny, with a ring of maple syrup. Clearly a historical style that won’t become anyone’s regular beer, but a nice distraction once in a while.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Don't smell much pine or spruce. Nice aroma of brown sugar. Thin head with almost no carbonation. Tastes a little flat. Color is a very nice rusty amber. Flavor is very soft and silky in the mouth. Plentiful but not strong. Nice alchol kick. Maybe a little spruce in the finish with a nice alcohol warming. A very good ale that is very soft and smooth and would appeal to a wide audiance.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a small tight off white head with some lacing. Spicy pine, malty sweet aroma. Tropical fruits, pine, strong pine taste. Slightly sweet and alcohol finish. This was pretty bad.
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep amber with no head (may have been how the bartender poured it from the bottle). Somewhat syrupy sweet with resin-y pine flavor. I love Fraoch, but this wasn't my cup of tea.
Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought in the slimline 11.2 oz brown bottle with the rather ugly, I am afraid, label :-). Says on the back this is a "triple style ale" intresting.
The beer certainlly looks very nice pours a small frothy off white head that goes fast but leaves reasonable lacing..the beer itself is a lovelly golden amber colour and is attractivlly hazy.
The aroma is very complex a mix of strong sweet malts..some pineyness and floral hops..
The taste is good also very smooth thers sweet malts to start then a pine bite followed by slight hops and ends up with a nice slightly warming alcohol flavour.
very smooth in the mouth..easy on the palate for this much alcohol.
A very drinkable ale..will try again..i have tried spruce flavoured beeer before this is slightly better.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pine away. No I mean it, the pine was away from what I was lead to expect. Much more floral and in a way that is pronounced in the flavor. I guess I have had spruced ales that were highly hopped and that was what I had in mind. Malty, full body with an almost candy like finish. Not bad.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany in color with yellow edges. I like the aroma, blackberries and hops. Flavor was smooth and sweet til the end when some citric spiciness showed up on the tongue. This is a very likeable beer IMO, but where's the pine?
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber color with an average performing head and little lacing.
Aroma is unique with a strong hops & spruce, almost sawdust with a cobwebb dryness. Sweet notes of caramel and wood. Flavor is very well balanced but the flavors stay in the mouth for a long time, alcohol bites lightly in the end. Almost difficult to drink due to the mouthfeel. Again, it's like eating handfulls of sawdust. Overall this is a pretty unique beer, traditional ales usually are, but I came out of this one feeling refreshed like an evergreen forest.
jimhilt (2340) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with no head so no lace. A cloudy reddish brown color. Nose is malty and a hint of pine, I was expecting more. Starts smooth and slightly malty, finishes with malt and a slight alcohol overtone. Light carbonation. Light to medium bodied. $2.35 for 330ml.