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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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We have brewed this special festive ale using malted barley, a variety of high impact specialist hops and hand picked spruce tips which are only ripe for picking during a two week window in the spring. The resiny sweetness of the spruce and malt is countered by a huge hop character, which is just delicious. Limited batch of 800 bottles.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7147) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5813) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
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!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6718) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2013
(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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2013
Keg at Duke’s Corner Dundee. Delicious cherry aroma, light creamy head. Great amber body, full of spice and red berry. A beautiful concoction!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8800) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2013
Bucket(1000ml): Hazy, amber, big and very lacy off-white head, distinctive aromatic-hoppy and fruity nose, shy woody and port-vinos traces underneath; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied, soft; sweet malty finish, supported by a delicate hoppy touch. Well balanced, well drinkable x-mas stuff…

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (3741) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2012
1000ml bottle. Cloudy amber colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Herbal and hoppy aroma has notes of grapefruit and citrus, resin, honey, spruce. Taste is minimally sweet, has notes of resin, honey, an earthy touch of moss, spruce, hints of citrus; bitter finish. A walk in the wood.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3248) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2012
Cask @ Inn Deep. Very orange brown colour, good head. Mild grain malt aroma. Fruity spruce pine flavour. Quite smooth. Does not feel like 7%. Interesting but nothing special.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 21, 2012
Keg @ Southern, Edinburgh 191212
Golden amber, clear, thin white head
Aroma is very fruity, rich quite intense berry aromas, not a whiff of booze, mellow intense fruits, great aroma
Taste as aroma, getting soft pine but its main very berry fruity, sweet mellow and intense, sweet resinous, not a very complex beer but very nice, some light soft toffee caramel malts in the background
Palate - Medium carb and body. The keg dispense is working here, that bit of fizz stopping it from being cloying. Finish as main flavour, a little dry, touch of bitterness
Overall - Seems to get mixed reviews here. I did like it a lot more than I thought I was going to.


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