RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
A long, long time ago, beer contained no hops. Instead, its malty sweetness was balanced with other herbs and it was known as gruit. The herbs used for bittering and flavor were usually a combination of wild rosemary, sweet gale and yarrow, herbs that became controversial in the Middle Ages due to their supposed stimulant and aphrodisiacal properties. Hops, known for more of a relaxing, sedative effect, replaced the gruit herbs by law during the 15th Century and modern beer was created, leaving even the name gruit behind except for the most obscure of tomes.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1825) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Dark brown pour big dense head. Aroma molasses, thyme, sweet gale. Tastes very herby. Surprisingly light palate. Very buttery some char. Tastes like witches brew - something out of harry potter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (7045) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Dark ruby color with a tiny ring of head. Aroma is spruce, pine needles, parsley and lavender. Holy hell, it tastes just like it smells. The finish has a lingering spruce and herbal kick. THIS should be named Prescription Gruit! damn fine traditional ale, but be prepared for the herbs. Honestly, I really kind of like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinsenn (2173) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at Magnolia. Hazy brown. Aroma of light spice and molasses. Taste is slightly rootbeer-esque... sweet but not too sweet, caramel, liquorice, spices, spicy finish. Interesting, and good enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1951) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2013
A very interesting, classic style beer. Pours a beautiful thick red-brown. Smells like strawberries and herbs, and fermentation. Taste is very sweet, with some more strawberries. Very different taste then any modern beer. Had on tap at Magnolia. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
a - pours a hazy golden light cola with high tan head. Hazy effervescent brown M - light medium palate, lightly tangy, simple palate. T - strong pumpkin seeds, very floral, with honey and dough. o interesting honey flower wheat 3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2012
Draught @ Magnolia Pub & Brewery, San Francisco. Rated on 15.10.2012.
Pours a brown colour with a small creamy head. Aroma of strong toasted almonds and raisins. Flavpur of strong and pungent almonds, toasted malts, grassy hops and bread. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Rich nutty and malty finish. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Dark amber pour with an off-white head. Acidic and roasted malt aromas with a bit of an herbal spruce note. Some chocolate, toast, and a bit of toffee maltiness. Light bitter on the palate, lots of roast, spruce, and a light herbal note. Some hints of toast, a bit of grass, and a nice toffee sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
On tap. Pours with a deep, cola hued body with a medium sized tan/off-white head that fades. Aromas are nutty, caramel, brown sugar, cola, sarsaparilla, walnut, light clove, medium spicy. Flavors are malty, honey, brown sugar, nutty, cola, chamomile tea and slightly floral. Low bitterness, a bit herbal with a malty balance. Dry finish with a touch of tannin left on the tongue. Medium to slightly fuller bodied, medium-low carbonation. Very slightly warming, but otherwise the alcohol is quite well hidden.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Sampled at the Blue Palms Farmers Market FestivALE. Another beer where the spices underwhelm. Not a bad beer but not too exciting to my palate. A bit boring actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2011
I wish I could remember more of this beer to properly describe it. Its an ok beer, but nothing to get too excited about.

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