TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark hazy amber with a nice white head. Some spruce notes but overall not a strongly scented ale but thats good ícause nobody wants a big íole whiff of pine tree in their beer. Man those spruce tips remind me of my dadís, we used to nibble on the bright green tips of his spruce trees in spring. The real thing is sweet, and that tangy sweetness is also in here. Minty aftertaste kinda tingles, and the molasses lingers on your tongue. I think I could drink these all night.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from 12th Street Tap House.
It pours a hazy brown with a small head of off-white foam. The nose was light and confusing with notes of mint, spruce, and molasses. The taste was a mix of light malt, molasses, plenty of spruce, that odd mint note, and a bit of caramel. Certianly an interesting twist on a beer. It has a medium body with medium carbonation and a lingering spruce finish. Certainly not undrinkable and even enjoyable but I canít see having more than one.
Drake (10507) - 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 (1436) - 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 (2379) - 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.