mnmike (606) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really like the spruce elements to this porter - gives it uniqueness. I actually had this beer mulled, but still like it. Side Note: Iím going to try mulling other beers...
blutt59 (5648) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flip top, thanks to khoffman, dark brown color with some tan foam, aroma is malty chocolate, spruce , gingerbread comes through in the flavor, aromatic woody chocolate finish
Nuffield (3347) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of head, big fluff on dark brown body (too much head?). Noticeable spruce nose. But the flavor--wow, it hit me hard. Pine and hops, to be sure, but the spruce was really dramatic. I got used to it, especially as it warmed, and my wife and sister were o.k. with it, but my brother-in-law and I were really put off initially by the bathroom freshener quality of the spruce. Bottle.
khoffman43 (844) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with nice, dense head. Aroma is piney spruce with nice roasted malts. Flavor is malts, resiny malts with a nutty aftertaste. Very unique, loving this brewery
Glouglouburp (5545) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A creamy and slightly chocolaty porter with weird spruce character. Meh.
How: Bottle 750ml, flip-top. Consumed approximately 8 months of age its initial release. Bottle sent to me by oakbluff, thanks Scott.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head leaving an enormous amount of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is roasted with upfront spruce branches and notes of chocolate, smelling a chocolate muffin next to a Christmas tree. However as the beer warmed up the aromatic spruce started to come through as more and more artificial, like perfumy little tree car air freshener. Taste is a bit weird. The malt backbone is pleasant with creamy chocolaty cake malts backed up by molasses and roast. Very full body with many soft bubbles. But the expected spruce flavor turns out tasting like Irish Springô soap, green jelly beans and then spruce tree branches. The good equals the bad in this beer and the end-result is just an ok beer at best. I feel like I always find something to complain about in a beer, I feel like Iím becoming a grumpy old man and ratebeer is the front porch I sit on.
BeerKurve (218) - - JAN 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is unlike any Porter I have ever had before....and it tastes awesome! The flavor consists of Spruce, Piney Hops, Oak, Chocolate and Burnt Malts. The taste reminds me of my familyís cabin in Northern Minnesota. Itís unique, flavorful and worth picking up.
Note: This was bottled in 2011, I have yet to try out the 2012 edition
bluejacket74 (989) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml swingtop bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch frothy tan head that stays around for a while. Thereís also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like molasses, spruce, dark fruit, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke. It tastes like dark fruit, molasses, spruce, roasted malt, and some spice and chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís coating and creamy with high but soft carbonation. I think itís a good brew, I know Iíd like to have this again. Definitely worth trying.
crossovert (4525) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Totally not a porter. The spruce dominates. It is more or less a black ipa maybe.
bhensonb (8954) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 swingtop from Guerde. Thanks! Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is "veg" over smooth burnt malt. Full bodied. Flavor is very chocolate, treacle, light pitted fruit, and some evergreen Very, very smooth. Elegant and brilliant ale. Apricot is the fruit I think.
marcus (4989) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours nearly black with an attractive tan head and a treacle and spruce aroma. There is a dark molasses and spruce flavor with a bitter chocolate finish. There is a fruity element that is hard to define. Complex and unusual.