hopscotch (10215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Pours black with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aromatic standouts are dust and pears. Full-bodied with adequate carbonation. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a medium-sized element of pear. There’s a nutty component as well. Not bad, but not my thing. Aged well, but the esters are annoying to me. Bottle courtesy of BVery!
drowland (7103) - Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2/21/15. Sampled during RBWG 2015. Amber pour with a small khaki head, mild lacing. Huge spruce aroma, loads of Christmas spice, some caramel and molasses. Big spruce flavor, menthol, Christmas spice, caramel, maple, molasses. Not my thing at all.
jtclockwork (11250) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of winter spice, gingerbread, molasses and spruce. Medium body.
Sledutah (6185) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the RBWG hotel share
Black with a small tan head, good lacing. Aroma of holiday spices. Flavor of spices, dark malts and bisquity
Ok, but to much spice for me
DrSilverworm (8877) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted during RBWG post grand hotel tasting shit-show. 750ml bottle flip top 2013 bottle. Wow, big spruce, very big spruce. Maple syrup. Weird combo. Molasses. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light sour. Light bitter. Some soy sauce, molasses. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. No, not a fan.
djd07 (6506) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle during the RBWG Lobby Share. Pours a clear brown with no head. The aroma is cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is spice, licorice, and herbal. Medium mouth strong licorice, spice, booze finish.
baraciisch (2395) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cola brown in color... Aroma of spruce tips, cinnamon, oak, potpourri, earth... Flavor is sweet potpourri, floral notes... Cinnamon, spices, candied sugar... Solid beer
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5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Dark brown, nearly black, burnt brown sugar highlights, moderate to large foamy beige head, nice lacing. Bright nose of spruce, ginger, nutmeg, and associated mountain shrubbiness. Has a strong herbal presense, shrubs, low lying fauna, and autumn like spices. This one is much better than I anticipated. This one is a wonder of spices, a little earthy, mountain brush like, yet has a sweet spicy aspect. Nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon seem to dominate from start to finish. Perhaps a sliver of clove too. Moderate to full body and mouthfeel. Not all that bubbley, but feels a little chewy. This one is very unique. I cannot think of anything like this one. This really reminds me of the cross between autumn into winter in such a wonderful way. Spicy, clean, with the eagerness for more after each sip. A superb spiced ale, one that is very well balanced, and one that others can learn a lot from. Totally taken back by this one. Its almost too vibrant in its spiciness. This would be a great Thanksgiving beer and/or one to enjoy on Christmas as it share aspects of both holidays, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and a strong spruce/pine like Christmas tree. Very flavorful, one I wont forget any time soon. Nice work Olvalde! Those with taste out in Seattle will really enjoy this. Thanks to Skyview for this great treat!   Bright, powerful, and worthy of more praise.   Simply delicious!
rhsiung (1250) - USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle in picture. dark brown. lots of spices. a spruced up beer! too impatient to save it for the holidays.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Spruce and christmas baking spices. Its like someone dumped wassail on a chrismas wreath. Delicious.