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Midnight Sun 2010 Pop Ten: Tree Hugger

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Organic Spruce Tip Stout. 4th release in the 2010 Pop Ten series. August 2010. (bottle label falsely states 12.6% abv)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
furthur (903) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Bottle, from the inner sanctum of the cellar of the infamous timmcdís cellar. Utterly black gear oil, walnut colored head, sticky lace. Aroma malt, raisin, fig, black currant, burnt sugar, cookies, plums and cherries. Taste is cookies, jam, burnt sugar, cookies, currants, cherry pie, chocolate. The spruce comes in on the end, with a hint of resin and mint. Palate is rich, thick, carbonation soft, nitro-like. Unreal.

   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 donít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (550) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
Pours a thick black with a creamy coffee like head. Nose is faintly sweet roasted malts, dry chocolate powder, and now that I know itís there I can really pick out an almost minty spruce quality. Mouth is mostly roasted malts but sweet upfront with a round presence of that minty, sprucey character. Tastes like snow on trees in winter. Actually really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1763) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5328) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10049) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bill. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is a strong roasted malt, oak, vanilla. Medium body, sweet vanilla, light roast, wood, booze, and light dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3202) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
22oz bottle. Deep opaque black with a beige head. Really nice Stout, big, but doesnít come off imperial. Quite unique. Big chocolate tones, rich cocoa peanut butter action. Very mellow and subdued, light smoky coffee tones. I donít get much spruce, the thick specialty malts sort of cover it up. Solid Stout, quite well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle: Poured a thick black with tan colored head. Aroma is mild spruce. Taste is thick sweet sticky roasted malts with more spruce bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - 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!

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