santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Older bottle I forgot about. Pours a dark copper with a tiny little white head. The aroma is very spicy with slight malt undertones. Not much a beery smell. The taste is antiseptic in it’s spiciness. Spruce, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and more attack the tongue in a barrage of forest like tastes. After so much time cellaring (2 years-ish), the spiciness has subdued and everything is balanced out. Still not too enjoyable, but a vast improvement.
tgncc (2514) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At the Valley Forge Brew Fest. The pour is a clear amber, off white head. The aroma is pine, molasses, caramel. The flavor is pine needles, caramel, cereal grains. Medium in body. Interesting.
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. There’s 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 (195) - 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 (605) - 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 (3320) - 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 (7740) - 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 (3174) - 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.