j12601 (5609) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Pratt. Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. Light malt, pine, sweet and sticky. Sweet, lots of spruce. Pine and spruce is a bit much, and it would be tough to do an entire pint of this so I’m glad I did a 5oz pour as part of a sampler. Well done and prominent, but a bit tough to drink. Finishes with a mild bitterness and toast.
radagast83 (3110) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Churchkey. Poured a dark amber color with a small wispy white head. Aroma was sweet caramel, with a touch of pine, but more hop pine than pine. Flavor was different - started off with smooth malts, but with a touch of spruce pine sap - pretty interesting.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask. Clear maroon, tan large bubble head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, pine edge. Taste is smooth brightly spiced caramel and subtle bitter chocolate. Interesting.
MadRobin (998) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap 5 oz. sample at RDF near Gallery Place in Washington, DC.
Clear, copper red with cream-colored creamy head and good lacing.
Sweet aroma of cherry, spruce, caramel and orange.
Taste of pine, sweet caramel, cherry and bread malts with a bitter pine and floral hop finish.
Medium/full body and medium/light carbonation.
Off-putting at first sip, but grows on you.
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argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Clear dark amber body, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some orange, cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, pine, light bread. Medium body, light stickiness.