czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared by albatross, thanks dude. pours clear golden-orange with a small off-white head, some retention and lacing. fruity and spicy maltiness - hint of caramel along with oranges, strawberry-ish hoppiness, some mangoes too, gently sprucey/piney, slightly perfumey - candy floss-like, moderate sweetness - hint of honey, chalk. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, grassy-spicy-sprucey short yet effective finish. somewhat balanced and tasty. nicely done.
mighty_meadow (145) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Peckham’s in Glasgow.
Unseasonal but lovely Christmas ale. Like sucking on a Christmas tree* in February. Biggest compliment I can give is that my beer hating other half really liked this.
*DISCLAIMER: I have never actually sucked on a Christmas tree but I imagine it would taste like this.
Osprey87 (1173) - London via, WALES - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the Draft House London. Hazy dirty orange, lightly sparkling, bubbly white head leaves webbed lacing. Smell - toned down citrus hops and musty socks. Body is sparkling, medium to light, slightly foamy. Taste is definitely in stages - watery soft caramel to start, then grapefruit and lime hoppiness, then a punchy bitterness with sweet...urm...spruce? The flavour (presumably the spruce) is like bubblegum, mint and artificial fruit flavourings all rolled into one. I really liked the way the fruity hops melded with that sprucey flavour. Enjoyable stuff.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Both Bottle @home and Keg @The Vintage, Leith. Fruity on the nose with some pine as well. Quite sweet on the first taste but the longer you drink it, it becomes more bitter and the hops come through. I’m guessing (because i’ve not had spruce before) that the tang that you get (it’s good) is the spruce.
allmyvinyl (2178) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Hazy amber brown pour, thin to no head. Pine aromas, resin, grass and citrus. Light spice. Taste has a caramel quality, then a bitter hop finish. Good.
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep bronze with a fine, subsiding white foam. Aroma sweet honeyed lemon and lime wine gum; polished pine, mellow resins, peach, iced tea. Decent, well-balanced flavour with juicy perfumed hop, a scatter of needles, peach and sponge sweetness finished with bitter hop. Dry roasted and orange liqueur back notes; US IPA with a glug of Ribena. Booze and baubles very well concealed. Gelatinous berry and wine gum hop prevail. Enjoyable and balanced.
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had @ The Hudson, Belfast, raining .. . deep amber .. great head .. . christmas tree, spice, hay, and lots of spruce- almost minty .. . interesting mouthfeel and an interesting beer for sure .. . . woah, somebody’s comin!!
Scopey (5527) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at BrewDog Camden. It pours clear deep amber with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is fresh pine, orange peel, Parma Violets, Tums and marmalade. The taste is nicely bitter, wood, caramel, Tums, chalk, Parma violets, resin, leather soft fruit and citrus peel. Medium body and fine carbonation. Interesting, good depth of flavour and balance.
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Warm spicy aroma, red amber in colour with a small dense head. Cake and spice flavour, slightly nutty, malty and would be good with food.
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle, 100cl) Hazy, almost cloudy, dark amber colour with a massive and tanned foamy head. Mildly toasted malty aroma with resiny, grassy notes of pine needles, as well as fruity notes of citrus and a tinge of caramel. Sweet and delicately bitter flavour, medium bodied at most with a well-carbonated mouthfeel. Mildly toasted (cara-)malt character with resiny and a bit chlorophyll-like sprucy notes, well-combined by fruity hops; sweet and mildly bitter hoppy finish, again with resiny, almost a bit ethereally notes of spruce. I definitely would order a second one. 26.XII.12