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Lawson’s Finest Red Spruce Bitter



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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
A winter seasonal brew infused with fresh sprigs of the red spruce tree and a dash of cinnamon that breaks from traditionally heavy holiday brews with a light body and refreshing zest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (3878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Lawson’s nice continues, via bottle picked up sometime last year. Poured amber, smell is holy spruce. Spice, wood, pinecone and pepper. Taste is not to my liking. Tastes like I"m eating a pine tree (spruce I guess). Not my cup of tea but worth trying if you’re into spruce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quevillon (2728) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Drank on tap (7 oz) at the Vices & Versa 10th anniversary in Montreal on Febuary 8, 2014. Red honey, small head. Caramelized fruit aroma with a bit of pine. Taste wine pine (here is an idea), slightly fruity, slightly sour finish. It is a redefinition of spruce beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2706) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Aroma: Deep Spruce, Cinnamon Sticks, Mild Vanilla, Mild Peppermint? Appearance: Reddish/Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Vanilla, Cinnamon, Mild Sweet Bread Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildl Spicy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3089) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2013
The beer is dark copper colored and clear with a small tan head. The aroma brings light spruce and pine. A nice sweet, fruity malt scent charcteristic of a red ale. Biscuits and bread tones in the English style. Lawson’s wanted to make an English style red and they succeeded. Exactly what I would expect. Fairly light in body. Light bitterness in the finish with very mild alcohol. A sessionable brew. I am enjoying this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Thanks, Moll. Nose has bready malt and a bit of spruce. Flavor has bitter spruce and a bit in the flavor. Mild spice. Decent ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1736) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 15, 2012
22 oz bottle courtesy of Vthophead. Pours a dark amber which, when held to a light, is actually a dark red. Head is one finger of creamy beige which dissapates leaving specks of foam. Cinnamon and spruce aroma with some pine scent from the spruce. Hint of cinnamon in the flavor with real light spruce. Strong malt profile. Medium bodied palate with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (2977) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2012
12 oz draft at anniversary party. Aroma is very bland with notes of spruce, soap?, grass, and crackers. Taste is lightly sweet and super sprucey. Not really my cup of "beer" here. I was hoping for an accented beer with spruce notes not a spruce drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Hoo weeeeeee that’s sprucey. Sample at anniversary party. Some Malta in there but it’s all spruce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
On draft pour. Almost pitch black with a thin light white head. Well carbonated. Spruce in aroma and flavor. Not over whelming. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle/22oz - A leftover from last winter. Pours a dark amber in color with a very big foamy off-white head that quickly settled to a thin rim around the top of the beer. Aroma is quite malty with some cinnamon and a hint of the spruce. Flavor is also quite malty with caramel, cinnamon, a piney/sprucy aftertaste that lingers a bit. OK.

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