corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015 KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a thick dark black with a large (2-3 finger) beige head that had great retention, pretty much lasting throughout with excellent sticky lacing.
The aroma was up front with a nice dose of spruce and pine hops, that along with an earthy Brett yeast, dark grain malts and notes of chocolate, toffee and a nice touch of berries.
The taste was a little sweetly tart with a chocolate and toffee presence at first, and then progressed with a mild piney hop flavor, a bit of fruitiness and just a touch of spruce at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow with a with a nice hoppy tartness left to settle in on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and mildly dry in texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall this was a very unique brew to say the least, but then again all of the beer brewed by this brewer usually is. This one balances hops, Brett yeast and a mild fruitiness superbly, making it a very enjoyable drinking experience...
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 2.5 finger beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring. Large streaks of soapy lacing left bind.
I know it’s a black ale made with spruce tips but the aroma is surprisingly hop forward for a BA wild ale. Lots of floral, earthy pine and resinous oils followed by roasted malt, musty Brett and toasted oak. Some dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and oatmeal along with musty funk and earthy hops. Very interesting.
On the fuller end of medium body with a strong hop/spruce tip presence that’s complimented by roasted dark malt, dry oak and funky Brett. Complex and well balanced with the hops, oak barrel and brett notes bouncing off of each other. Sligtly spicy spruce tip presence with resinous hop oils, pine needle, dark chocolate, coffee bean and dark fruit. Some raisin, plum and fig flavor with a dry, spicy finish. JBPortland (1547) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2014
750ml bottle huge thanks to adnielsen and Lukaduke! Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Nose is earthy cola and dark berry fruit, some piney forest green and mixed floral spice. Taste is tart dark fruity mashed berry and dark cola, some nutty cocoa, grape, vinous, herbs. Finish is a complex dark sour roast bitter dark malts and funky musty grape, fruit, and wet wood. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a 750mL bottle at the RBWG Grand Tasting, big thanks to Aaron Nielsen for sharing!!! Pours opaque dark cola brown with a thick beige head that leaves rocky lace. The nose is brett funk, pine herbal, and some dark chocolate. The flavor has an added tart note, but otherwise is the same herbal pine and dark chocolate brett funk. The body is medium with over-active carbonation and a long tart herbal pine finish. jackl (8215) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Asheville After Party. Brownish pour with a small head. Pretty rustic nose. Manure, blackberry and blueberry spead. Some roasted malts. Taste is pretty yeasty, farty. Some brett, wood. Lemon peel and earth. Berries. Medium body, soft carb. alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle shared by NielsenRatings at RBWG grand tasting. Pours a hazy brown color with a medium sized yellowish beige head. The aroma and flavor have spruce, herbal notes, citrus, lime, tart notes, Brett, some mild roasted malts with a dry finish.
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting ][ 750mL ][ Globe ][ Free ][ 2/8/14 ]deyholla (11759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2014
>> Thanks catman197 for the share. Pours an overcarbonated, murky brown with yellow foam. Nose is fresh flowers, phenolic yeast, Brett, air freshener. Taste is lemon/lime citric, bright, quite sour. Palate is aerated, tart, effervescent, big lime. Interesting.
Bottle shared by Aaron at the RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours a cloudy deep amber brown with a purple hue and a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of dark grains with a bit of earthy pine and grass. Flavor is similar with dark grains and light roast backed by a bit of pine. jtclockwork (16701) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle shared by Nielsen at RBWG by Nielsen. Pours dark brown with brown head. Nose and taste of cocoa, pine hops, light maple, very mild brett sourness and spruce tip. Medium body. Leighton (21513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting. End of the bottle. Pours murky brown with a creamy head. Some brett funk, toasted bread, dirt. Very dry. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Super dry on the finish, more brett tang, some burnt pine, earth. Novel. Ferris (15910) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft - Bret wet hop herbal skunky nose. Cloudy brown with a rich beige head. Sour wet vegetative hops, Brett and some sour roast in the background. Strange.