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 (26070) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle sample at Sioux Falls fest. Clear golden color. Caramel aroma. Taste is mostly caramel malt. DrunkSanta410 (972) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours Amber, fast dissipating white head. Aroma is caramel, dates, faint spices. Taste is toasted malts, light caramel, faint rasin and dried fruit. Not bad, a bit plain. Medium body and high carbonation. Decent. Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Pine like fizzy some caramel and biscuit. Slightly sweet. Finishes of pine bark and some light toast.
AnokaBrewer (223) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2015
No aroma or taste of spruce in this beer. The aroma was sweet to me like the sweetness from malt. Amber and clear in color with very little head or carbonation. Tasted very sweet with a sweet finish. smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Excellent head, but little lace. Neutral amber color and crystal clear
Strongly malty, nice crystal; slightly sweet. Mild hop.
Some sherry-like flavors from the sweeter malt. Some fruitiness. The aftertaste is very short, but has a touch of hop to it. Good hop in the middle of the taste. Full body, low carbonation.
This is a relatively rich and slightly warming (from alcohol) beer. Understandable to be offered during the winter.
Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2015
A sweet aroma comes a clear golden pour with a thin white ring and no lacing. The taste is fruit sweetness, spices, caramel and malts. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, ok, but too sweet (Big Red) for me. julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Poured from a 12. Aroma is berry, spruce and Christmas. Flavor is berry sweet, but like artificial berry flavor. Has a lip balm flavor to it. Finish is fairly smooth, but the sweetness does not sit well in my stomach. liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2015
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, with hints of biscuit and cotton candy. Taste/Palate: thin, sweet, and creamy.