“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.
Pepcycle (1) - - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Godofthecellar (489) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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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