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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Strong porter brewed with rye and spruce. As always, unfiltered and re-fermented in the bottle.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1402) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle shared by Caleb - thanks! Really interesting flavors that work well together. Weird flip-top bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6069) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Caleb for opening this. Aroma brought notes of rye, slight chocolate, spice notes with a hint of pine and mint, some molasses, toffee notes, hints of chocolate and dark fruits, pretty lemony as well from the rye. Taste is a mix of spruce, molasses, some nice rye, hints of lemon, touch of chocolate and dark fruits with some raisin, finishing fairly sweet but dry. Pretty nice, interesting!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Deep brown with a reddish tinge and an airy brown crown. Aroma of spruce, roasted malt, pine and mild chocolate and coffee. Taste of dark roasted malt, light chocolate, spruce and some sort of sugar. Body is semi-chalky and finishes up mildly bitter with acidic notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Nearly a black pour with a gigantic tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, pine trees, cocoa, plums, dark raisins. Flavor is loaded with resin/pine, cocoa, burned toast, prunes. Fluffy and light on the tongue with a really nice flavor.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (4594) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2012
75cl swingtop pours an opaque black with some creamy beige head. Nose of pine needles, spruce, smoke. Flavor is flabby, smoke, spruce, wet pine needles. Full bodied, smokey finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color, with brown edges, and a huge sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate/cocoa, roast and earth. Tastes of the same with light coffee and lighter dark fruits. Had a light sour aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2012
11/23/11 olvalde shipwright 2011. Dark porter color w a large soft beige head. A is strange... lots of soft sprucey pine,choc,porter sourness,roast, light nutty caramel and lactose. Spiciness deep down. flavor is pretty much the same. Thin for an importer but lightness makes me want to drink more. 7/3/7/3/15

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7832) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
2011 bottle thanks to tytoanderso. Pours with a nearly black body and a lasting tan head. Aromas are of spruce, pepper, spicy, pine, earth, spices, leather, chocolate and dry roast. Mild dark fruit presence. Flavors are peppery, spicy, earthy, fruity, cedar and vanilla. Dry and spicy with leather overtones. Lightly sour. Husky grain. Medium bubbles, dry with little to no alcohol character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Fortunate to get the final, yeasty pour of this delight at The Dabbler! I need to try this again to truly taste it properly. But this was a very nice Imp Stout

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2012
750ml bottle from mattyb83, thanks Matt! Pours a deep brown colored body with some ruby highlights. Big, dense, frothy and creamy, two finger-width, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma has a soft, lightly sweetened chocolate malt backing with a light rye breadiness. A good amount of fresh spruce, some earth, nuts, a light Belgian yeast note, clove, berry fruits, and a touch of smoke. Flavor has some caramel up front with a light chocolate. Rye spice and a light bread comes in during the middle with some Belgian yeast, berry fruits, clove, wood, and spruce. Roasts grow nicely in the end and give off a bit of a smokiness. Finishes dry with a nice roast, light earthy bitterness, and fresh spruce tips with a light malt sweetness to balance. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. Belgian yeast characteristics with a light rye bread, touch of chocolate, fresh spruce, and a slightly smoky roast stays balanced and works well on the flavor. Nice one.


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