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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bronze Medal Winner in the Indigenous Ales category at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. Based on Franklin’s original recipe, which called for barley, molasses, and essence of spruce, our Tavern Spruce is as approachable and engaging as was the man himself. We source blue spruce clippings from a local organic farmer, steeping them in the kettle to create this one-of-a-kind deep amber ale. Originally brewed exclusively for Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern, Spruce is now available throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2010
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2359) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
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 !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2009
12oz bottle brought back with me from my trip to Philly. Bottled as Poor Richard’s 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 doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2799) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
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 didn’t detect as much spruce as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (6062) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 Bottle split with Dallas. Pours a hazy brownish amber with nice lacing. Aroma is similar to a pumpkin brew - nice spice, maybe some sugar and cinnamon. Taste is totally tree bark, but great and def unique - better than original tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2009
pours a iced tea brown with a slight white head. Nose is very spicey, almost pumpkinish. Slightly sweet flavor with a fairly flat depth. Sour aftertaste.

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