NikkTwist (1239) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Sugars. Poured a hazy copper with a slight head that just about disappeared entirely. Nutty spicy malt flavors. Chestnuts. Sassafras. Walnuts. Molasses. Cinnamon. Cloves. Juicy and smooth, though feels a bit more like a tea than a beer.
Dacrza (409) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: 13 January 2013...
Glassware: Hoegaarden tumbler...
Occasion: Golden Globes--what, no Hobbit? Guess I will be my wifeís Les Mis date tonight...
Appearance: iced tea-colored body with a pencil-thin, hazy off-white head; sparse effervescence; not really a looker...
Aroma: spruce, yes, but cinnamon and nutmeg as well?...
Taste: the molasses is sweet but palatable; the spruce is not so pronounced at the tongue--elusive, flat malts...
Palate: smooth, unexpectedly soft and medium-bodied, with a warm ending despite the 5.0 abv...
Overall: Does Ben Franklin ever get anything wrong? This is curiously mellow and drinkable, but the profile is not quite the pine cone pinata I expected... warmed me on this winterís night for sure!
odinstyr (499) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper-brown with a small off-white head. Smells of hay, spruce, nuts. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter - toasted grains, molasses. The spruce tips are interesting, not as different from a piney hops as I would have hoped, rather mellow.
callmemickey (1856) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber-brown body, medium pale tan head, soapy lacing. Spuce needles, light caramel, mellow resinous bitterness. Flavor matches the nose with near equal balance of malt and sprice. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, clean finish.
ReggieDunlap (2777) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an opaque brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty...caramel and burnt toffee...mild spruce but an afterthought. Flavor is a bit sprucey with some bready/doughy maltiness...burnt toffee and mild roast. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is bready/sprucey. Not bad but boring.
HighlanderOne (934) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt and slight pine-sol. Good lookin mahogany with lasting tan head. I taste the malt and molasses, but the spruce just reminds me too much of pine-sol. Well made, but not my thing.
jcos (1352) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Location/Date:Bottle on November 15th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a clear brown.
Aroma: Aroma of toast malt, a lot of spruce.
Taste: Kind of leathery, lots of spruce, some sweet molasses.
Palate:Medium light body, no carbonation, light aftertaste(of spruce of course)
Summary: This is a solid made beer that is really different than most others, and it delivers on what it offers...but spruce isnít something I really like in my beer. Maybe itís just me.
60minuteman (497) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 Sweet, rustic, roasted, spicy, hoppy scent. Light pale brown color. Sticky white lace, though minimal. A real roast backbone. Cinnamon, pine, dark sugar taste.
EithCubes (4409) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Norwegian spruce, nice, Alberta spruce, nice, wait, what, no AMERICAN spruce in an ale designed by BEN FRANKLIN? Bottle, pours a dark brown with light hints of ruby and a quickly-fading tan head. Touch of spice in the nose, taste brings out a nicer caramel malt with a touch of roast and beautifully rounded molasses, spruce spicing is deft and subtle. Crispy medium-full body not harsh or biting. Not a pulse-pounder, but graceful and balanced and a joy to drink.
Tinco (513) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting brew. NIce spicyness to it. Donít remember too much about it though. Have to revisit for better tasting notes =)