obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
merc7186 (2052) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MercyDevice (345) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Lightrider (307) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
BiddleBrau (933) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Nephilium (1348) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
thornecb (4367) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Voodoo (304) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.