Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
North America’s oldest beer style brewed with local spruce & fir tips, blackstrap molasses & dates. Dark amber and brown colouring. Aroma is a comforting mix of spruce boughs, caramel malts, molasses and dates. Complex and full bodied, it balances the crisp bitterness of spruce and fir gum with the warming flavours of molasses and bittersweet chocolate.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
plaugher (491) - Nova Scotia, - MAR 15, 2012
500ml. bottle, 2011 batch 1 (Dec), from Garrison shop. Poured a dark amber (almost garnet) with a thin head. Oddly enough, an overpowering woodsy aroma. Molasses, piney taste with a hint of maple. A little too sweet and heavy for a session beer, but a good single beer to cure what ails you on a wintry evening.

Quick3Beers (1422) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2017
Pours a copper from a bottle, sweet spruce aroma, flavor is like a copper ale with a sweet spruce note. Interesting. Good beer.

Brettsky06 (522) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 8, 2017
Pours a reddish brown. Aromas of caramel and molasses. Taste is really bit on spruce. More caramel. Creamy mouthfeel. Great beer

Homer321 (5191) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle shared. Nose is light in spruce. Faint Christmas tree smell. Brown pour, light khaki head. Taste is a lot more spruce forward but complimented by a light vanilla woody note. Nice v

DuffMan (10665) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle. Hazy golden amber, off white head.aroma of spruce forest and caramel. Sweet caramel flavour with a huge hit of spruce, medicinal and slightly soapy (Buckley’s). You’d think this would be repulsive, but it is actually quite nice in a strange and unique way. Like drinking a forest.

dralock (4) - - JAN 2, 2016 does not count
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kidobutai (698) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Poured from a bottle on New Years Eve. Not a bad offering. Really good lacing. Creamy with pine needles aroma. A little flat.

Luvystypotables (2067) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Aroma of pine resin, pours a reddish brown color with short lasting tan head. Taste of smokey pine logs and spruce needles. Medium body with a lasting smoked spruce finish.

mike5326 (1782) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Light brown color, small off white. Sweet Pune and syrup. Delicious full body with a sweet, smokey pine resin flavor and full lingering sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

CurbDog (119) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2015
Thin tan head fades to a persistent ring around the glass. Clear deep copper colour. Aroma could initially be confused with a phenolic character, then becomes apparent that it is spruce, with some light caramel sweetness. Spruce comes out huge in the flavour! Some faint roasty and caramel notes. Medium carbonation, medium-full mouthfeel. Tingle spruce after taste. Unique beer.

Hrdygrdymn (8) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2015 does not count
Either sucking on a spruce tree is your thing or it isn’t. Made as a tribute to the soldiers who improvised their brewing with local materials in the 17th and 18th century forts of New France, this beer doesn’t just hint at conifer. A sipper, to be sure that takes a bit of time to grow on you. Over time Garrison appears to have adjusted this recipe to allow for a solid caramel underbelly to show through. Highly recommended as a fireside sip or a cure for scurvy.

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