furthur (1167) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2017 Bottle, from the inner sanctum of the cellar of the infamous timmcd’s cellar. Utterly black gear oil, walnut colored head, sticky lace. Aroma malt, raisin, fig, black currant, burnt sugar, cookies, plums and cherries. Taste is cookies, jam, burnt sugar, cookies, currants, cherry pie, chocolate. The spruce comes in on the end, with a hint of resin and mint. Palate is rich, thick, carbonation soft, nitro-like. Unreal.
Re-rate 2017 release, this is a ridiculously good imperial stout. Flavors of cookies and molasses and cherry cola, dark chocolate and coffee, figs and plums, with a touch of mint and honey. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Tap @ MSBC. Pours dark brown almost black with a thick light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, light roasted malt and citrus. Full flavor of chocolate with some light fruit, low bitterness, mostly malt coming through without a lot of sweetness, no alcohol taste. Full body with average carbonation and a thick lush mouth feel. This is one hell of a beer, the spruce tips don’t impart the flavor that you might think. Instead of pine resin, they are more fruity and citrusy. My favorite of the Pop Ten series so far. JAXSON (604) - 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. dwyerpg (6076) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2017
So it appears they are bringing this back, as this was a 2017 release. A quite flavorful beer, with some spruce noticeable. I believe it was labeled 9.5%. Surprisingly, though, this was pretty devoid of aroma, only real disappointment. neepsntatties (1973) - 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!
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. djd07 (14366) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bill. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is a strong roasted malt, oak, vanilla. Medium body, sweet vanilla, light roast, wood, booze, and light dry finish. Very good. madvike (3250) - 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. nuplastikk (6224) - 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. SHIG (4956) - 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.