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Midnight Sun 2010 Pop Ten: Tree Hugger

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Organic Spruce Tip Stout. 4th release in the 2010 Pop Ten series. August 2010. (bottle label falsely states 12.6% abv)


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2012
Dark brown in color clear with a thin head. Nice Spruce and dark chocolate aroma and flavor. Big rich flavors strong Imperial stout flavors rich coffee and chocolate the light spruce was excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of dark roasted grain and bakers chocolate with a hint of spruce. Flavor is much the same but with a bit more "umph". Medium-heavy body with medium high carbonation....overall, unique and pretty tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle with many thanks to americanbrew. Pours with a very deep, viscous and dark, black body with a tan head that lasts. Good lace and light legs. Aromas are of vanilla, cocoa, roast, earthy, light pine, spruce, brown sugar, and some anise/licorice. Flavors are of brown sugar, anise and plums up front, a bit of dusty and chalky cocoa mid palate, fruity and jammy with dark fruits and lingering esters towards the finish. Earthy and pine like as well. Smooth, creamy mouth, light carbonation and alcohol with a fuller body. Maybe the spruce has faded, but his is pretty tasty as is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
22oz bottle. Deep opaque black with a beige head. Really nice Stout, big, but doesn’t come off imperial. Quite unique. Big chocolate tones, rich cocoa peanut butter action. Very mellow and subdued, light smoky coffee tones. I don’t get much spruce, the thick specialty malts sort of cover it up. Solid Stout, quite well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2905) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle shared by CaseyK...thanks Casey! Dark, with a light tan head. Dry and roasty nose--just pretty much a roasty malt bomb with a bit of a piney hop presence. Tastes like chocolate mint, with a bit of cherry and coffee/charcoal finish. Finishes with a minty menthol. Smooth and feathery carbonation. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1243) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of, "AKfaust" (thanks, Jeff!). Colour... jet black with a thick, frothy tan head. Nose... charcoal dust, dark chocolate and spring conifer buds. Palate... delightfully dry, yet reasonably viscous (for the style), loads of crushed spruce tip essence and plenty of bittersweet chocolate, more charcoal but with bits of charred meat as well. This is yet another creative dandy from the folks at MSBC!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2011
On tap @ brewery. Black pour with clingy tan head. Aroma is a little puzzling until you read that spruce tips are brewed in. Licorice, spruce, and a citrus note float alongside the robust nutty coffee flavors. Interesting and complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6009) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Dark brown color/ tan head. Big spruce sap, evergreen mint, sweet vanilla, medium roast malt aromas. medium bodied. Sweet vanilla, evergreen mint, milk chocolate flavors with medium roasted malts- liquid chocolate mint.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a light-brown head. Nose is of coffee. Taste is of coffee, hops and spruce tips? Hmmm. Could not tell the spruce tips. Mouthfeel is medium and dry with a porter-like texture and some bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Tap @ MSBC. Pours dark brown almost black with a thick light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, light roasted malt and citrus. Full flavor of chocolate with some light fruit, low bitterness, mostly malt coming through without a lot of sweetness, no alcohol taste. Full body with average carbonation and a thick lush mouth feel. This is one hell of a beer, the spruce tips don’t impart the flavor that you might think. Instead of pine resin, they are more fruity and citrusy. My favorite of the Pop Ten series so far.


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