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Newburgh Winter Spruce Porter

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Admin Edit: As of Winter 2013, this beer is now known as Winter Spruce Porter. Formerly known as Old Tjikko.

“Old Tjikko” is a 9,550 year old spruce tree, tucked away on a mountain in Sweden. At 9,550 years, it is the oldest living tree. Oh, sorry, you’re curious about the beer? In that case, “Old Tjikko” is Newburgh’s rich and full-bodied Baltic Spruce Porter. In settling up to Old Tjikko, you’ll be greeted with a lovely spruce aroma that is accented by the dark roasted malts, complimented by a caramel sweetness. This aromatic beginning leads one to thoughts of their favorite mint or chocolate desserts. And the taste certainly follows that aromatic start, as you are left with lingering notes of spruce, chocolate, & a minty and resiny finish. Smooth without the bite that can be associated with spruce, this is a beer that seems most at home next to your fireplace. With a warming ABV of 6.6%, this is one for the holiday season and to be blissfully enjoyed throughout the long, winter months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5343) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2014
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours black with a creamy head. Aroma is chocolate malts with a hint of spruce. Taste is certainly unique. Interesting chocolate tastes. At first it is sort of like vanilla with chocolate and the distinct spruce is hard to find, but on certain sips, the finish has a very distinct spruce-full taste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2014
sample at EBF, nah. I do not want a mouthful of christmas tree in my beer but thank you. The spruce is overwhelming and takes over everything. There is some roastyness inteh background if you can sift through all the wreaths.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (4702) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a bubbly creamy beige head. Tastes like all kinds of evergreen trees- pine, spruce, sap. Soapy, resin feel. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like strong pine, spruce, mint, soap, and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5090) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Tap at brewery. Pours murky brown with fizzy beige head. Aroma is pine needles and other woody notes, light roasted malts, chocolate, earthy notes, and mixed spices. Flavor is dry roast malts forward with fresh pine and spruce notes, light milk chocolate, and faint hop bitterness; dry finish with lingering spice notes. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pepcycle (1) - - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
Opaque black with a medium tan head, this porter looks like a big beer. The nose is dominated by spruce notes, reminiscent of freshly cut Christmas tree. The palate has piney, resin and a slight solvent note. The middle has roasted notes of chocolate, cocoa and coffee. The finish is sl sweet with the piney notes lingering. I get it. Its a holiday beer without tons of clove, cinnamon, coriander, orange etc. Its different. I think, if available in bottles this might mellow out nicely if laid down for a while. Fireside Beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Growler courtesy of bill. Poured dark brown with quickly dissipating cocoa colored head. Smell of pine and resin. Taste was deep roasted malt mixed with chocolate. One it warmed up slightly you could really catch a minty after taste. Overall, this is an aquired taste but I thought it was a very good porter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep cola brown to black with a thin to medium sized tan head. Chocolate, minty pine on the nose, spruce really comes through. Medium bodied, lots of spruce. Lots of cocoa, chocolate, roast. More pine, sticky through the finish. Very tasty, and certainly full of pine.

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