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Rock Art Vermont Spruce Stout

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Formerly known as Extreme Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout.

Itís a big stout brewed in the colonial fashion with large amounts of pumpkins and spruce tips added to the kettle for flavor and bittering qualities. The pumpkins complement the malt flavors and are used to add sugars to the mash. Whatever you do, do not think this is going to taste like pumpkin pie. For a SLOW experience, pair with BBQ venison loin, extra sharp cheddar cheese, vegetarian chili, fresh warm soft pretzel dipped in a honey mustard or grass fed beef stew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bomber from the brewery. Pours a clear dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of strong spruce, roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, strong piney finish. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, well balanced. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (960) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
(Bottle). Black/brown complexion with tan head. Malty toasted flavor. Not as much spruce as expected. Smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1287) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Not pumpkin version. Dark brown pour some lasting creamy tan head. Aroma smoky, char, lactic caramel. Tastes spruce, dark malt, molasses. Firm bitter finish. Heavy creamy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Underdogs88 (261) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Woody hop aroma with notes of roast and hints of spruce. Jet black and muddy with a tan head with average retention. Flavor has notes of nutmeg and roast. Hop bitterness is moderately high. The beer is slightly towards the bitterness side. Mouthfeel medium full with medium carbonation. A slight astringency is noticeable. Overall, it's an ok beer. I would like the spruce tips to come out more in the aroma and taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2279) - USA - NOV 15, 2014
This a fairly mellow stout. The taste is malty, with some toasted grains and a dash of acidic hops. There is a touch of spruce - I got that, but I didnít really notice the pumpkin - if I had known the brew had some, I would have had my feelers out for it. Good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014
bottle from the brewery. medium bodied black pour. Pumpkin notes, medium roast, spruce tips add a unique note/flavor. not a big pumpkin beer fan but i guess fans of them would

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours very dark brown with medium creamy head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma smells like sweet potatoes with some light caramel and flowers. Tastes like sweet potato, pumpkin, and cooked vegatables. Light caramel and a touch of spruce too (not sure I wouldíve picked it out if I wasnít looking for it). Light malty sweetness with a very light bitterness. Not bad but could use a bigger flavor. More pumpkin, more spices, more spruce.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3017) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a pitch black colored body that leaves a one finger mocha colored head that gently dies into the body. No carbonation is seen rising. The smell had the spruce in front with a bit of sweet hops. There isnít much pumpkin noted no matter how much I let it warm up. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, it sat about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, nice and smooth with a nice creaminess coming out the more I taste this one. Overall, this is a nice double stout. Though no pumpkin noted anywhere in the beer, Iím not bothered by that and would still have this one again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
So iím dumb, I went in thinking this would be pumking, its not.. not even close. but its also not very good.. the spruce pumpkin combo is interesting but doesnt meld as well as i would have hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2012 version... Take a very good, easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive beer... cellar it for about 12-months and you get awesome! Absolutely loved it!

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