KansaiBeerLvrs (5156) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2015
This ale brewed with spruce tips is 6.4% and pours a pretty amber-orange that reminded me of an IPA. The nose is malty sweet toffee with a minty evergreen edge to it.
Med-full bodied with a scratchy carbonation. The flavor is weirdly candyish - cotton candy, mint, toffee. The spruce tips come through in the finish. It is odd, like a sweet berry cake or pie that ends with mint and pine. Not at all what I was expecting but I’ll give them points for originality! willisread (3350) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle from Mitsuya. Pours a dark copper with a very small, thin white head that dissipates almost instantly. Malt aromas with some light spruce and bamboo. Body feels thin but malt-forward with a harsh, paint-thinner-like boozy notes on the finish. Not good. GTAEgeek (2219) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Dark copper color, with some bubbles, but no head. The nose is rye, caramel, pine, and bread dough. Sweet and very malty, with no real hop bitterness, but some spice and light roasted bitterness. Medium to heavy body, very thick, clingy, and a little acidic. This is a nice malt bomb. Sweet and chewy, and the spruce adds a lot. rgf001 (324) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Nice malt and spice (spruce) aroma. Clear amber with low head that disappears immediately. Taste is malty simple, unidimensional with no complexity. Overly boozy for 6.4%. Tastes like an italian doppio malto beer, boozy and thin. I will skip in the future. Aggiebob (1134) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle from Jeremy. Copper color poured with thin head. Caramel and fruit flavoring. Some pine but nothing outstanding.
llcooldave (1217) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Pours a coppery red in the glass. Sweet dried froot aroma. Some citrus and cherry mixed in. Clean sweet malt flavor with a hint sweet citrus. Overall, a drinkable brew. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Clear amber. Small off white head. Malty. Syrupy Sweet. Caramel. Bread. Sweet toasty finish. Source tips not really showing up. Not a lot going on really.
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Whole grain crackers, lots of caramel malts, candied fruits, nutmeg, dark-fruit esters, and a bit of orange are spiked up by slightly piney hops. Was not at my olfactory best when I had it, but I wouldn’t have known there was spruce in it. Firm mouthfeel, with gentle carbonation and a medium body. The taste is light malty bitter and medium caramely sweet. Some dark fruits and molasses, combined with the spicy hop bitterness, give Christmassy flavors. Sweet finish that leaves a short-lived, biscuity aftertaste. Not awfully rich, but tasty. I didn’t think it was the least bit cloying. inpherno (8) - Northglenn, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2015 does not count
On the red side of orange, Alaskan Winter had me smelling banana from the moment I popped the top. While there is little in the way of head or mouthfeel, this old ale has a fantastic banana nut-raisin bread flavor & the use of spruce brings vanilla notes. This is a light & refreshing winter seasonal & very easy to drink.
(Best before 04/04/16, drunk 11/13/15) Travlr (24875) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle sample at Sioux Falls fest. Clear golden color. Caramel aroma. Taste is mostly caramel malt.