WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can almost visualize the Christmas trees being dipped into the vats to signify Spruce Ales glorious winter return. A refreshing ale that I noticed is brought to life chilled, not fully refrigerated and served in room temperature glasses instead of frosted. I noticed this brings out more of a deeper aroma which ultimately adds to a bolder yet perfectly placed taste of molasses and piney spruce-ness on the palate and yet still a pleasingly refreshing finish. Perfect for the winter, I bought a case of this stuff last season and have been awaiting its triumphant return ever since. Alas, my favorite seasonal ale returns not only in my dreams but in reality! Cheers to Ben Franklin and his recipe (in which I believe he created in France, in his diplomatic years) for he is putting a smile on my face and others 300 years later!
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First off, I love the glass. I wish it was used more. The earthy and leafy profile on this beer and a minor caramel like sweet tone make it a really nice one to sip on. After a while it seems to lose its interesting edge, but I still think it is pleasant. Kind of a slick mouthfeel and a very low carbonation. This started out well and kind of dropped off at the end. Still a decent beer though.
beerfinder1 (47) - PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Odd tasting beer. You can taste the spruce flavor. Not a beer that you will drink more than one in one shot.
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brown cola like color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is of ginger,nutmeg and a hint of molasses. Taste is very similar to ginger ale minus the sweetness. Not bad, but not spectacular either.
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blue (!) bottle shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- courtesy of biegaman. Pours a clear copper-brown with a spare diminishing tan head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar and faint spices -- canít detect any spruce in the aroma. Flavour: Whoa, thereís the spruce! Lots of spruce along with sweet malt and a very dry finish. Light to medium bodied. Aroma didnít do much for me but the flavour is quite unique and interesting.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (12oz - blue!). Shared with blankboy and biegaman, biegamanís bottle. Poured clear refractive mahogany with a tiny creamy tan head. Very light aroma - the dry, crisp spruce character comes and goes, thereís a steady mild backbone of brown sugar / molasses - itís sweet, dry and herbal, hint of spice. Tastes of cedar/spruce, walnut shell, brown sugar and some medicinal quality. Watery, somewhat flat body, VERY astringent, dry sprucey aftertaste - interesting, but I donít think Iíd drink it again.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz cobalt blue bottle from heron223. Thanks Kyle! I like blue bottles. No idea why. Anyway, clear copper with a tan head. Odd nose - sweet malt, spicy... sprucey? Some gingerlike scents, molasses and toffee. Strange, but not unpleasant. Flavor is as strange as the nose, malty, spicey, sprucey, touches of mint and molasses. Just weird. Finish is minty and woody all at once. Good beer, but a one and done for sure.
dpjuart (1034) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at City Tavern in Philly. Interesting flavor. Spruce takes the place of the hops, giving it a flavor all its own. Very interesting, and glad I tried it.
LinusStick (2757) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Second spruce flavored beer Iíve had in 2 weeks. I never knew these existed. This is such a refreshing change of pace from the norm. Pour was a light brown with no head. Medium to strong aroma of malt with pine/spruce. Very tasty and full flavored. Mollasses and malt all the way with wood and earth aftertaste.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz blue bottle, gift from the boss. Pours a dark reddish-brown with dense head, no lacing. Very clean filtered appearance. Aroma is sweet malty dark fruit. Creamy thick feel, sweet malt flavor with some piney notes.Very interesting, but not bad. Small piney bitter warmth in the chest.