MadRobin (2691) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bertha's in Fells Point, Baltimore, MD.
Clear amber with an off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of caramel, honey and spruce.
Taste of honey, pine, toffee, herbs, a gingery spiciness, spruce (which only comes through when the beer warms up) and orange.
Medium body and medium carbonation with a slightly tingling mouthfeel--perhaps from the ginger.
Normally I am not a fan of honey-flavored beers, but this one balances it nicely with the spruce, malt and spiciness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
chicagobears (447) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impressive look dark amber pour. Hints of honey and caramel in the nose. Dry herbal notes, with molasses and honey. Dry and spicy finish. A refreshing ale that has a unique flavor.
edgallow (3411) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malts, toffee and grain. Taste is malts , caramel and some pine.
EvanFriend (468) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of honey, a somewhat subdued spruce note, and some grainy tastes too. Not a bad beer.
Bulk_Carrier (3423) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a somewhat transparent golden yellow with a one finger white foamy head that quickly died and barely left any lacing.
The smell had some spruce and light honey.
The taste was sweet and alower some light spruce to come through.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable quality about it.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good beer I’d have again.
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear orange/brown with a light lacing white head. Ginger spice dominates the aroma with hints of molasses and a bit of dark malt. Taste is moderate sweet with a resin and oil finish. Different and good
ads135 (3954) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A strange, decently tasting beer. Has a coniferous quality to it though its different from your NW hops experience. Has a bite, but its sweeter.
snoworsummer (4303) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Pours clear copper brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like soap, lavender, pine, grassy. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like nutty lavender and pine, with light sweetness.
sonnycheeba (4817) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours clear tawny brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is caramel and bready malts, light spice, light raisin, and some faint woody notes. Flavor is dry malts, light spice, faint cocoa, and faint hops; dry finish that seems to evaporate out of your mouth. Medium body and carbonation.
Darkmagus82 (2197) - - MAY 21, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep copper color bordering on a light brown/mahogany with a small off white head. The head has a good level of retention fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather odd with a spruce/pine smell mixed with a decently strong aroma of a molasses smell as well as some brown bread. A little bit of caramel and a light herbal smell are there as well rounding out the aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a molasses and brown bread flavor with some hints of a pine nature present. The flavor is rather sweet upfront with the molasses fading some as the taste advances to the end though. While the molasses fades, some very light caramel and darker fruit flavors of fig and plum come to the tongue. These fruit and caramel flavors are very light overall though, and don’t make up for the loss of the molasses sweetness. Spruce flavors really come on more toward the end, and with the slight loss of sweet and a slight increase in the roast tastes, one is left with a rather odd pine/herbal, brown bread and moderately sugary taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The body was OK for the odd mix of flavors, but a slightly higher carbonation level may have enhanced the drinkability and sweeter flavors of the brew a bit better (which were in my opinion the most pleasant).
Overall – Nothing too spectacular here. The flavors never really meld all that well, with a kind of muddled flavor overall.