NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at a friendís, picked up in Maine by him. Never would have guessed this to be a stout. Pours a deep brown, not really black with a tan head. The nose is lightly tart, resiny and a touch vegetal. Odd. On tasting, it is again tart with a moderate astringency. The spruce is clashing overall here and more of the vegetal notes come through. Faint brown sugar and cocoa. What a weird beer...
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. Nose is lightly roasty with some chocolate and some piney hops. Palate is full, fluffy with a nice bite. Flavors of chalky malt, piney hops, raisins.
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jamesewelch (70) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is malty, caramel, chocolate, and lots of spruce. Color is black with tan head. Taste is sweet and very little bitterness with lots of malts and caramel. Fully bodied, somewhat thick with a bitter finish. Overall, I was looking for more pumpkin, which wasnít very apparent in my tasting. The spruce was definitely there, but I think it overpowered the pumpkin.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Fred. Thanks Fred. This is a good beer. Very seasonal. Spicy and good. Itís a nice match for the impieral Stout. Go find yourself some!
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Vermont hippie beer time. Dark and nearly still looking beer. Aroma is roasted squash and spruce. Taste is a bit bitter and astringent from the pine. Just a bit of roasted malt in the back. Bit of hard mineral after taste. very english ale tasting. grows on you but not like any imp stout or pumpkin beer I have tried before. I would say the spruce element is most defining in this.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I believe this is a 2011 bottle. Pours a mahogany brown, almost black color. Half finger head fades after a moment leaving an egg shell colored ring for a head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate syrup, and charred oak. Taste is juniper berries with espresso beans. Moderate alcohol booziness and slight oxidation on the end. I got this as an extra in a trade and figured it would be quite a bit past its prime. Even still itís not terrible and I would definitely get this or other Rock Art beers again.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle picked up at the brewery in Morrisville, VT. Pours a black body with a finger-width, frothy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with big dark chocolates, caramel, spruce, and a medium roast. Some molasses, dark fruits, and a mild earthy spice. Flavor is similar. Spruce, earth, and roasts stand out a bit more up front with some bitterness before the sweet malts comes in with lots of dark chocolate, caramel, and a bit of a molasses note. Some dark fruits and a slight nuttiness towards the end as this finishes pretty dry and roasty with a burnt note alongside a moderate, earthy and spruce spiced bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a fuller body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice imperial stout with a sweeter malt backing and a dry, roasty, earthy bitterness with a good amount of spruce spice. Nothing special, but solid.
AdamJackson (2958) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Half finger tan head. Dissipated fast. Dark brown
S - Mild pumpkin spice, dark malts giving a porter scent
T - squash, earthiness, pumpkin spice and spruce tips. Mellow hop profile.
M - 30/70 carbonation, heavy bodied, smooth finish
O - solid A beer. Could use more spruce tip.
reggiedunlop (3288) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma is lightly roasty with hints of dark fruit...mild pumpkin but not much spruce. Flavor has plenty of spruce, some tea notes, and very roasty malts. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is lingering and burnt.
harrymel (1504) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was worth trying, it is far from a standard pumpking beer with extensive spruce addition and little else to offer. The beer is worthy trying, but seems more like a novelty save the opportunity for a gin loverís beer to shine.