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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Juniper berries, and wood nose, quite nice. Hazy copper, medium yellow head. Slightly tart, tangy, and malt forward. Juniper berries are dominant. Tannic, with grape skins. Dry and a little stale on the palate. Fizzy, but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours very dark brown. Only hint of spruce in smell, I would like more. Drinkable, but it took an hour with food. Spruce on aftertaste.May be true to recipe, but I’m so-so on that recipe. Recent bottle picked up in US trip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Dark brown body with a lush, roasted cream head. Sweet, sprucey nose with some alcohol puffs. The body is probably the most spruce-infused I have ever experienced in a beer. Sweet, resinous and with an aftertaste of minty coffee drop. A touch stale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2052) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
The beer pours good with a nice dark amber, mild light passes through, an off white colored head but not much and minimal lacing. The beer smells is instant nutmeg which fades into an interesting sweet spruce smell. The taste is pretty much the same, nutmeg up front that goes into sweet spruce finish. The mouthfeel is decent with a mild bitterness, some spice and spruce flavor lingering around. Overall, an interesting beer, the nutmeg takes away a little bit from the beer but an interesting good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MercyDevice (345) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Pours a medium brown with a so-so head. I couldn’t really taste the spruce but I detected some bread and spice notes. Somewhat weird aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lightrider (307) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle into a ale glass. Pour is a nice dark Amber with a fine lace head. Aroma is fall in the woods and malt. Taste is pine and sweetness. Finish is rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (933) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Dark amber with thinner tan head. Hint of spruce/pine in the nose and malt. Spruce is prominent in the flavor and up front but it works well where it really could be a disaster if done poorly. This is a nicely done unique recipe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1348) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
The spruce is the predominant aroma for this beer. It pours a dark amber, with a white head. There’s some nuttiness and malt flavor in the beer, with very little hop presence. The spruce is there at the beginning and sticks around for a while. Not a bad beer, very middle of the road.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4367) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Pours mahogany into a Sam glass. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets to coat surface. Toasted nuts, sourdough and hay aromas. Soft and dry with sweet caramel and yes, woody spruce front to back. Lasting bitter spruce tip finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (304) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Pours a deep chestnut color with an off white head. Aroma is sweet molasses and pine. Taste is a touch of blackstrap, moving toward a root tea and finishing with a touch of spruce needles. A very interesting look at colonial days when wild hops were difficult to find and imports were costly......as well the molasses in the brew gives it that "shortage of barley" taste which happened often in the colonial times. Very enjoyable diversion.

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