Theydon_Bois (9945) - The íSham, Surrey, - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting, from an IP trade with Kurt, 20/01/13.
Hazed dark brown with a thin tan head that soon dissipates.
Nose is dark fruits, drak malts, spice.
Taste comprises dark malts, background chocolate, touch of wood (spruce I guess), fruit, light soap.
Medium bodied with some bitterness in the finish.
Ok - drinkable stuff but lacks depth and ultimately fails to deliver for an 8% beer!
Underdogs88 (139) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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Slipstream (2076) - USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
swoopjones (6214) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
umich03jm (2177) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Bulk_Carrier (2269) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with thin off white head. Medium body, minimal carbonation. Unique flavors; finish is gin-like bitter. Kinda sweet in the midpalate. Earthy and vegetative notes.
boxofrane (2258) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the pour house. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has roasty notes, milk chocolate, some woodiness. The taste has a big roasted malt, light smoke, bitter finish.
sonnycheeba (3751) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is pumpkin, roasted malts, spicy and earthy hops, spruce, and some chocolate. Flavor is dry, roasted malts, earthy hop bitterness, dried dark fruit, light espresso, and dark chocolate; dry finish with a touch of roasted bitterness. Full body and medium carbonation.