chinchill (5450) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2016
On tap at Oscar Blues in Brevard where the ABV was listed as 8%.
Small weak head over a near black, opaque body. It still manages to leave some lacing.
I had this immediately after a can of regular Old Chub, and I liked this special version better. It’s more complex. it tastes sweeter, and the peaty aspect seems subdued.
zizzybalubba (1896) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2014
On tap at Y-not, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Cola-like aroma with sweet caramel and light citrus. Taste offers light chocolate, grassy hops, toffee, and graham cracker. Some nutmeg and ginger is also detected on the finish. A nicely done variation for the Holidays. FROTHINGSLOSH (8362) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College this beer poured a very dark brown - almost black with a large creamy tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma malty and fairly sweet with cocoa and a hint of coffee. The flavor was malty and sweet with cocoa, coffee and a bit of yeastiness underneath. No noticeable orange peel or spruce at all. Medium length finish. Medium body. Ok. snoworsummer (6388) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Draft at Lazy Dog. Pours dark brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like smokey roasted malt, dry ash, light spice, burnt coffee. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted malt, smoke, ash, light spice, burnt coffee. JHeath99 (1680) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Tap. Pours an opaque deep dark black with a thin layer of tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, some spices, and coffee.
sonnycheeba (6694) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Tap. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, earthy notes, great spice notes, and faint citrus peel. Flavor is smooth and malty with good roast, coffee, and chocolate flavor with subtle spice and dark fruit notes. Medium body and carbonation. DiarmaidBHK (6170) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Draft at thirsty monk. Pours black with a khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Definitely get the spruce tips on the nose. Very malty on the tongue as you would expect given the style. The spruce is there as well. It makes for an interesting blend though I’m still not sure what I think about it. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2014
draft at Coles, keg labeled Winter Chub with Spruce. blackish pour, creamy & roast. seem more stoutish than scottish. roast, dark chocolate with hints of spruce Chudwick (3501) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Draft in a shaker - nose is toasty. Sip adds resin but I do not get the orange peel. Not that peaty which might suggest the maltiness of the regular version has been modified. For a Yuletide beer I expected more potpourri but the spruce/citrus notes add a familiar note. A history lesson much to my chagrin. HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Interesting beer. Woodsy aroma. Not wood. Woodsy. Like walking through a spruce forest. Taste is a bit too herbal and woodsy. It’s not a bad flavor profile and it’s interesting but detracts from the rich malty balance of the standard chub.