SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle: Poured a thick black with tan colored head. Aroma is mild spruce. Taste is thick sweet sticky roasted malts with more spruce bite. Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottled provided by Jay by way of savnac. Thanks for the ticks gentlemen! Pours a sense black with some brown hues. Nose is earthy, juniper in particular. Taste is familiar, but I can’t put my finger on it. Not much spruce in flavor, there is a little pine, but it’s focused mostly on chocolate, smoke, and heavy malt. Mouthfeel is a little thin, low carbonation, and a moderate finish. Pretty nice beer actually, happy to have a chance to try this. JAXSON (607) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
Pours a thick black with a creamy coffee like head. Nose is faintly sweet roasted malts, dry chocolate powder, and now that I know it’s there I can really pick out an almost minty spruce quality. Mouth is mostly roasted malts but sweet upfront with a round presence of that minty, sprucey character. Tastes like snow on trees in winter. Actually really nice. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2012
Dark brown in color clear with a thin head. Nice Spruce and dark chocolate aroma and flavor. Big rich flavors strong Imperial stout flavors rich coffee and chocolate the light spruce was excellent. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of dark roasted grain and bakers chocolate with a hint of spruce. Flavor is much the same but with a bit more "umph". Medium-heavy body with medium high carbonation....overall, unique and pretty tasty!
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle with many thanks to americanbrew. Pours with a very deep, viscous and dark, black body with a tan head that lasts. Good lace and light legs. Aromas are of vanilla, cocoa, roast, earthy, light pine, spruce, brown sugar, and some anise/licorice. Flavors are of brown sugar, anise and plums up front, a bit of dusty and chalky cocoa mid palate, fruity and jammy with dark fruits and lingering esters towards the finish. Earthy and pine like as well. Smooth, creamy mouth, light carbonation and alcohol with a fuller body. Maybe the spruce has faded, but his is pretty tasty as is. nuplastikk (6373) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
22oz bottle. Deep opaque black with a beige head. Really nice Stout, big, but doesn’t come off imperial. Quite unique. Big chocolate tones, rich cocoa peanut butter action. Very mellow and subdued, light smoky coffee tones. I don’t get much spruce, the thick specialty malts sort of cover it up. Solid Stout, quite well done. madvike (3281) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle shared by CaseyK...thanks Casey! Dark, with a light tan head. Dry and roasty nose--just pretty much a roasty malt bomb with a bit of a piney hop presence. Tastes like chocolate mint, with a bit of cherry and coffee/charcoal finish. Finishes with a minty menthol. Smooth and feathery carbonation. Very nice. neepsntatties (2019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of, "AKfaust" (thanks, Jeff!). Colour... jet black with a thick, frothy tan head. Nose... charcoal dust, dark chocolate and spring conifer buds. Palate... delightfully dry, yet reasonably viscous (for the style), loads of crushed spruce tip essence and plenty of bittersweet chocolate, more charcoal but with bits of charred meat as well. This is yet another creative dandy from the folks at MSBC! bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2011
On tap @ brewery. Black pour with clingy tan head. Aroma is a little puzzling until you read that spruce tips are brewed in. Licorice, spruce, and a citrus note float alongside the robust nutty coffee flavors. Interesting and complex.