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 (932) - 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 it’s not terrible and I would definitely get this or other Rock Art beers again.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, 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 (1994) - Lyme, 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.
ReggieDunlap (2894) - 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 (1439) - 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 lover’s beer to shine.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Malty and sprucy nose with some grassy hops and a bit of a vegetal character. Chocolate malt flavor with a bit of fruit before a sprucey and grassy hop finish.
wnoble (1206) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a big thanks to mcox90. Pours deep deep brown the head is large bubbled and fades quickly to nothing. Nose really let’s the spruce come out with big pines, herbal notes, purfume, potpourri, roast, and sweet malts-also some piney herbal hop aromas mixed in. Flavor lends the same only a very intense pronounced piney herbal resinous flavor along with fruity and sweet sugary malt flavors. Medium full body. really really interesting twist. liked it but hard to drink the whole thing.
jimhilt (2370) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Opaque brown color, some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Spruce nose. Brewer is right - nothing like pumpkin pie, spruce (there’s a whole forest here) adds the bitterness, malts are in background, not finding much pumpkin. $4.54 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
tgncc (2611) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share at Paul’s. The aroma is chocolate, brown sugar, pine. The appearance is translucent brown, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, brown sugar, pine needles. The finish is pine needles. Medium to medium/thick in body. Good.