bdgf06 (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Prepare yourself. This is unlike any fall or Octoberfest beer you will ever try. Light on pumpkin and other flavors, this uses spruce and an imperial stout style to attack. Great aromas and character at the finish but not for everyone. If you want different get this!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DrinkinWell (389) - - SEP 1, 2013
Pours black with medium body. Lightly carbonated. The pumpkin spice doesn?t really come through, though there are certain hints of oak and chocolate on the palate. Overall, not bad. I?d buy again. chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
22oz bomber bottle, no best before date, at tasting on 20 January 2013. Thanks to Theydon_Bois for sharing. I’m generally not much taken by Pumpkin beers in general so the word "extreme" and "pumpkin" on the label didn’t bode well. Add in the word "spruce" and I thought I be in for something very weird indeed (and not to my taste). If fact it was not a spice bomb at all. Seems it’s just pumpkins in the mash and I’m not sure there are any spices at all. I think I did get something from the spruce but describing it is eluding me - certainly not a pine forest type thing going on. So what we end up with is a serviceable Imperial Stout with some chocolate notes. Maybe a little short of depth and a touch sweet but very decent for what it is. Drinkable and easy going for 8%. No world beater but way more palatable to me than I was expecting.
Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
Bottle at the ChrisO Snow Tasting, London - thanks to Colin! Pours clear, red-brown with a light, off-white cream head. Mellow aroma, some semi-dark malts. Light to medium sweet flavor with toasted dry malts, moderate leafy bitterness, earth. Medium bodied with very high carbonation. Sweetish finish, some semi-dark bread. Not much pumpkin, not much spruce. Fairly bland, actually, and certainly not extreme. fonefan (50674) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2013
FatPhil (16896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 22fl.oz. @ ChrisO Snow Tasting.
Clear medium to dark brown amber colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, old malt, pumpkin, squash, vanilla, earthy, light orange peel and wood. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration, dark malt, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
660ml bottle ([email protected]
Sweetish aroma, a bit of a mess, but intriguing - you do want to know what the quirks are. Agressive carbonation. Gently spicy - a sprucy sweet juiciness. OK, but rather boring. Thank god it wasn’t actually extreme, or like all the other inane pumpkin beers that I’ve suffered through historically.
Bottle at ChrisO Snow Tasting, thanks to Colin. It pours deep brown with a small, light tan head. The nose is pumpkin, squash, vanilla, earth, orange peel and wood. The taste is caramel, pumpkin, squash, honey, wood, spice, sweet tangerine and metal, with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a great depth of flavour and fairly unbalanced. So-so. mR_fr0g (13158) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle at Chriso’s snow tasting 20/01/2012. Hazy caramel brown colour and beige head. Aroma is spruce, nutty with a little alcohol. Nicely balanced and interesting spruce / piny character. Chalky carbonation /water profile. touch of roast in there as well. Theydon_Bois (20452) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting, from an IP trade with Kurt, 20/01/13.
Hazed dark brown with a thin tan head that soon dissipates.
Nose is dark fruits, drak malts, spice.
Taste comprises dark malts, background chocolate, touch of wood (spruce I guess), fruit, light soap.
Medium bodied with some bitterness in the finish.
Ok - drinkable stuff but lacks depth and ultimately fails to deliver for an 8% beer! Palme (4816) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2013
0.65l bottle from my secret Santa 2012. This is a deep dark plum-brown one with a nice big but quickly fading brown-ish top. On the nose I get some sweet licorice tones, some Christmas spices, slightly ginger tones, pastilles and some soft leather/vanilla confetti chocolate. Smells quite nice this! It’s average+ on the carbonation and the mouthfeel is soft oily to almost watery. Well, perhaps not watery, but at least a bit lighter than I would imagine. Immediately I notice a really present bitterness. Forest-like bitterness with spruce, branches and some herbal heather. Snickers chocolate with some soapy hints. It has a good amount of flavor this, and it’s quite tasty. Exciting to try, and actually quite a pleasant one. 26.12.2012