harrisoni (18801) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting. Rubber on aroma. better in mouth. Ok ish. some choc sponge johnnnniee (4344) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Thanks to Bruce for the opportunity to try this one.
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of roast caramel and ash with a spicy earthy menthol aroma that I assume is spruce. This beer smells a bit oxidized or maybe that’s a mix of spruce and pumpkin. The flavor is a bit spicy and roasty. Herbal spicy menthol hits up front followed by a roasty caramel and toffee. This finishes with a long lingering bitterness that seems more intense than just hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a roasty bitter mouthfeel. This one is certainly out of the box, but it really didn’t work all that well for me. The pumpkin is almost non existent and the spruce adds a harsh bitterness that I really couldn’t get into. drfabulous (8082) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2012
22 ounce bottle. I forget who threw this in as an extra in a trade awhile back. Wasn’t fresh then - pumpkins had yet to be released. Now, pumpkin has faded. Brown sugar. Malty. Not bad. Would have been good for a braise. alobar (3825) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Cola brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, pine, and hint of pumpkin. Pumpkin sweetness followed by roasted malt, pine, and chocolate. Thin body-more porter-like. A very good beer. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle at a friend’s, picked up in Maine by him. Never would have guessed this to be a stout. Pours a deep brown, not really black with a tan head. The nose is lightly tart, resiny and a touch vegetal. Odd. On tasting, it is again tart with a moderate astringency. The spruce is clashing overall here and more of the vegetal notes come through. Faint brown sugar and cocoa. What a weird beer...
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. Nose is lightly roasty with some chocolate and some piney hops. Palate is full, fluffy with a nice bite. Flavors of chalky malt, piney hops, raisins.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2015 Originally rating on 10/29/2012 as Pumpkin Imp Spruce StoutMaltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Org: 7 / 3 / 7 / 3 / 14 = 3.4
Updated rating on 9/8/2015 as Spruce Stout, from 22 oz bottle, around $7, poured into shaker glass
Aroma: caramel, slight chocolate, spice/herbal, very little spruce. Much more spruce in 2012 version.
Appearance: black, big tan head
Taste: medium bitter, light sweet (2012: medium sweet & light bitter)
Palate: Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, long bitter finish (2012: full body, bitter finish)
Overall: A solid Stout, but the spruce is a tad lacking. It’s subtle and I’m not sure if it’s from 2014 or 2015 year. It’s early in the pumpkin/spruce tip season. It was on shelf, so I thought it was 2015, but didn’t think about it being last year’s batch until after I got home. It’s a nice stout with some good bitterness. Spruce is there on taste, but very little in aroma this year. Glad they removed the pumpkin reference, since squash/pumpkin is nowhere to be found in this batch.
2012: I was looking for more pumpkin, which wasn’t very apparent in my tasting. The spruce was definitely there, but I think it overpowered the pumpkin.
Bomber from Fred. Thanks Fred. This is a good beer. Very seasonal. Spicy and good. It’s a nice match for the impieral Stout. Go find yourself some! TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Vermont hippie beer time. Dark and nearly still looking beer. Aroma is roasted squash and spruce. Taste is a bit bitter and astringent from the pine. Just a bit of roasted malt in the back. Bit of hard mineral after taste. very english ale tasting. grows on you but not like any imp stout or pumpkin beer I have tried before. I would say the spruce element is most defining in this. HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
I believe this is a 2011 bottle. Pours a mahogany brown, almost black color. Half finger head fades after a moment leaving an egg shell colored ring for a head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate syrup, and charred oak. Taste is juniper berries with espresso beans. Moderate alcohol booziness and slight oxidation on the end. I got this as an extra in a trade and figured it would be quite a bit past its prime. Even still it’s not terrible and I would definitely get this or other Rock Art beers again.