Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Cool to see these guys in Virginia, as Iíve heard good things. Pours a clear deep copper color with a tan offwhite head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, wood, spuce, wet dog. Taste is very strong spruce along with molasses and brown sugar. Nice caramelization note. Generally I get a weird gummy taste out of spruce beers which this one avoids, and though the flavors seem to be discordant on their own, the whole is greater than the sum, and this one works quite nicely. Medium bodied, smooth, fairly strong carbonation.
kassner (1424) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2011 Bottle poured dark amber, some head and alitttle lacing. Fragrance is subtle, but the spuce comes through in an earthy musty minty taste. Clean finish.2011 had again in bottle at Gadsbys Tavern. very nice for these colonial ingrediants
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy deeper golden amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of spruce, root beer, hints of molasses, other herbal notes, orange and a malty sweetness. Flavor of spruce, sweet molasses notes, herbal, mint, orange and some caramel notes. Interesting. Also getting root beer out of the flavor too.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a medium to deep brown color, with a small and quickly disappearing just-off-white head. The nose is a touch on the slight side, initially letting go of some high crystal malt aromas, along with a very subtle note of pine. The palate gives flavors that reflect a fairly well-made English strong ale. Pleasant notes of toffee and raison up front, with the spruce flavors making their first true appearance toward the mid-palate, before a semi-sweet and just slightly fruity finish. A neat idea and well-executed beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a copper toned body with an off white head. Pine and spruce, some earth y toned tree tones. Caramel malts, some pine notes and citrus with a bread y note. A nice ale.
BREWMUSKCLES (2362) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
its a dark brew and really it tastes and behaves like an amped up ginger ale in terms of flavor. it settles down some minutes out of the bottle and actually becomes mellow, woody and decent, after the poison ivy taste diminishes. this one actually kind of grows on you a little bit. J- E-T-S JETS JETS JETS !
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours clear mahogany with a thick, here-to-stay head. aroma is malty and caramel, slight biscuit, with a tiny bit of piney hops. flavor is malty, molasses is apparent, slight breadiness. finish is sweet and malty. beer is thick and buttery.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle brought back with me from my trip to Philly. Bottled as Poor Richardís Tavern Spruce with 5% ABV listed on the bottle. Hmm...Pours a cloudy, mahogany colored body with a finger-width, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is a mild malty sweetness with some molasses contributions. Fruity, dry spuce aroma that gives it a somewhat woody character, but doesnít offer a lot of bitterness. Just a hint of piney spice. Flavor has more of a consistent spruce throughout, yet light. Sweet caramels with some brown sugar, herbal spicing, a light fruit, and a touch of piney bitterness. Finishes dry with a light, woody spruce that lingers for a moderate duration. Light bodied, somewhat syrupy, and a medium carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer at all, just fairly average. The spruce does add something a little different, which is cool.
Damico (2857) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is a malty aroma, but some sweetness as opposed to spruce/piney.It has a beautiful dark brown scotch color to it. The flavor is delicious, but I didnít detect as much spruce as expected.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Very herbal. It is truly different and nice. A little like a beer version of a Ricola cough drop. It may not get a perfect rating from me, but I will definitely be buying this again and again.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured dark, brownish amber with a very small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was nice but too light. There was light molasses, spruce, herbs, Ricola and sap. The initial flavor was sweet and acidic; while the finish was rather sweet, acidic, slightly bitter and lightly tart with a fairly long duration. The medium body was syrupy and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and light to moderately astringent finish.