WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can almost visualize the Christmas trees being dipped into the vats to signify Spruce Ales glorious winter return. A refreshing ale that I noticed is brought to life chilled, not fully refrigerated and served in room temperature glasses instead of frosted. I noticed this brings out more of a deeper aroma which ultimately adds to a bolder yet perfectly placed taste of molasses and piney spruce-ness on the palate and yet still a pleasingly refreshing finish. Perfect for the winter, I bought a case of this stuff last season and have been awaiting its triumphant return ever since. Alas, my favorite seasonal ale returns not only in my dreams but in reality! Cheers to Ben Franklin and his recipe (in which I believe he created in France, in his diplomatic years) for he is putting a smile on my face and others 300 years later!
chandler0201 (634) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with medium white head. Aroma of pine and malt and some spices. Flavor of more pine and some spicy sweetness. This would be a good Christmas ale. Finish was a bit thin but flavorful.
dlovell2 (469) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with beige head. Caramel malt aroma. Rich malty flavor some roasted malt flavor. Thereís a slight flavor on tongue that must be coming from the spruce but its not the flavor I expected from spruce. Really smooth beer.
ffaoe (165) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma. Brown in color with a good head. Malty, roasty flavor. Molasses and spruce are barely discernible
reberiii (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of molasses, poured from 12oz bottle cloudy brown. Taste of molasses and and a tart cherry-ish finish.
radio_nowhere (602) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into pint glass, dark amber color with beige head. Aroma of heavy malt, nutmeg and slight spruce/pine note. Taste adds notes of nuttiness, bread, wood, cinnamon and slight juniper citrus note. Medium body, low carbonation, creamy, rich, smooth with piney malty finish. Interesting spiced malty beer.
cannernation (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Amber, nice spruce aroma with light spruce aftertaste, enjoyable beer
obguthr (3317) - Lynchburg, 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 (7732) - 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 Iím so-so on that recipe.
Recent bottle picked up in US trip.
BillKismet (3167) - 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 (1490) - 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.