CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the 2007 GABF: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Woodsy grapefruity nose has some pale malty notes. Body starts with a fairly full, sweet caramel maltiness and big fresh citrusy and piny bittering hops with some spruce character. Finishes bitter and crisp with some alcoholic warmth. Another tasty and unique offering from Shorts.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle . Pored a nice trasperent gold nice fizzy head. Aroma was strong a ton of hop and pine. A wild array of flavor to much to describe. I would definitly drink one again
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Thanks for sharing Sean! Aroma is ridiculous. Strong blast of heavy passion fruit, crazy tangerine and lively pine cones. Rich, fresh, and ridiculously strong. Arresting. Terrific milky soap atop a glass of clear golden orange glow. Really far out flavor. Totally unique. Concentrated Christmas tree like you would never believe. The beerís flavor profile is entirely dominated by the strongest blast of Spruce ever. High Alpha hops get buried. The moderately sweet pale malt brings up the back and keeps the knock-you-over spruce character a little bit in line, but then spruce and alcohol combine for a raging blast of conifer coalescence. Floral and full of trees. Earthy through the back, mingled with bold spice. Candied all sorts of things. Thereís so much going on and thereís so much flavor that itís hard to parse everything out, especially when itís so strong and overflowing, to the point that it hurts to drink it. Looses palate points for being hard to return to. But, every time your nose goes to the glass, or you put that beer on your tongue, itís just as fresh, new and alive as the last time. This beer would succeed were it a "single" version. A nice 5-6% pilsner, with half the spruce character, a little less sugar, and more noticeable hops. Regardless, this is a great experience.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy golden body with a moderate white head. Aroma is very foul with notes of rotten eggs and spruce. Flavor of spruce, grass, and some offensive herbal qualities. I found this to be one of the less desirable beers I have had in quite awhile, though others that I shared this with raved about it. To each their own, I suppose. Interesting as I typically enjoy spruce beers.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2007: Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma had huge spruce notes. It smelled like I was humping a tree in the forest. Big spruce flavor as well. The spruce is very dominant but it feels so right. Moderate bitterness on the finish that grows.. Sweet malty middle. Warming sensation is nice. Semi-dry finish.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: Brewfest, GABF
clear yellow, huge off white head,
spicy pine aroma back by light sweet malt,
sweet malt flavor balanced by strong spicy spruce, nice bitter finish more from the spruce than the hops,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750ml Bottle. Purchased at the brewpub 9/2/07. Pours a somewhat hazy, dandelion gold color with a firm finger of creamy white head. Tons of blue spruce immediately overwhelms the nostrils, fresh and bursting with Christmas tree incense. A soft malty base lingers quietly in the background, careful to not interrupt the spruce soliloquy. Thereís a distinct corn-like character to the malts in the nose, but itís clean and not DMS. Full bodied mouthfeel that rides that border between sticky and creamy. The malt sugars are heavy and weighing on the tongue, but not unpleasantly resiny. Some supple sweet corn and honey dipped pale malts start off the palate, but are quickly overtaken by a crescendo of spruce flavor that continuously builds on the palate until it transforms to a high alpha, white grapefruit hop finish that dries up some of the malt sweetness. A bit too much sweetness and caloric body for my tastes, but the flavors are phenomenal. Itís remarkable and worth pointing out how the bitterness and spruce flavors arenít hidden or muddled by the heavy body. The blue spruce flavors are intense and insanely authentic; its like chewing on a spruce bough, but doesnít get overly pungent or astringent; this might be where the thick sugar base helps out some. The balance between spruce and hop flavors is quite impressive too; both are firm, assertive, and satisfying. This beer definitely delivers what it promises.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste from a bomber tried at Lost Abbey Brunch with awaisanen, cquiroga, Tomme, Sage and others. I think awaisanen brought it: Thanks Andy! I canít believe Iím the first to rate this phenominal brew. Wow, what an aroma. Itís like sticking your finger in pine sap, then picking your nose. Itís a wonderful powerful Spruce aroma. Creamy full head that dies slowly. Pale, slightly cloudy yellow color. Nice pleasant bitterness and leans toward the sweeter side. A bottle of pure fun!